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Betts and his possible career ending injury
10 years ago  ::  Apr 27, 2009 - 5:56PM #1
Hustleorbench
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Blair Betts has a broken Orbital Bone from the illegal elbow from Donald Brashear.




In 1975 Bruins forward Dave Forbes used the Butt end of his stick to
whack North Stars winger Henry Boucha in the eye, breaking Boucha's
orbital bone,
Boucha was unable to play ever again.




Quote Henry Boucha

"I just couldn't see the puck out that eye and had to call it a
career. It was one of the saddest days of my life. As for the legacy of
it all, I
guess I am happy that it brought more attention to what can happen as
the result of a dirty, malicious act in sports."



Well apparently it hasn't, because brashear didn't even get a
penatly for breaking betts orbital bone he got 2 mins for roughing with
Mara.



If Boucha had to end his career after breaking his orbital bone,
that begs the question - Will Betts not be able to play the game again?



Avery Trash talks and gets suspended for almost an entire season
and Donald Brashear causes an almost career ending injury with an
illgal elbow to Blair Betts
and doesn't even get a penatly for it.




Thoughts, opinons, comments?



(Quote from Boucha was taking from the book "The Code - The
Unwritten Rules of Fighting and Retaliation in the NHL" by Ross
Bernstein)
10 years ago  ::  Apr 27, 2009 - 6:03PM #2
yankeestump
Posts: 845
lol Hustle, did you copy that from spitfiremt or is that your screen name there? I just read the same exact post over at the ranger boards.

Here was my response:

That is an interesting story. It shows how the priorities of this
league have gone in the wrong direction. EJ Hradek on NHL live just
said that Brashear will
get suspended "Not only just for the hit on betts but more to the point
its more about the pregame"




that is just pathetic.



I am canceling my center ice next year, I refuse to give anymore
money to this league. I will find another way to watch the rangers.
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10 years ago  ::  Apr 27, 2009 - 10:40PM #3
toxictoast8790
Posts: 10
Betts has always been my favorite non big name ranger (lundqvist, drury, gomez ect) I love the way he plays the game and how solid he is. He doesn't score but he is a major reason why the pk was so good all year. He trurly will be missed tomorrow night and the future. I can only hope that he'll make a full recovery and be able to come back. Would love to see him out there again next year wearing a rangers jersey.

Brashear has no right to play anymore. That hit was malicious and he intended to do damage. There is no reason for that. That hit was as bad as the Chris Simon baseball bat stick to the face. There is no place in the NHL for a player like that. The enforcers should not be huge creeps who just go out on the ice to hurt someone. Thats probably the reason i like Orr. He may be an enforcer but at least he has some ability on the ice and he doesn't go out looking to hurt someone.
10 years ago  ::  Apr 28, 2009 - 12:07AM #4
MyYESNetwork
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The NHL hasn't had a good enforcer since Bob Probert. He got under your skin and got in more than his share of fights. He even made his share of dirty plays. However, he didn't intentionally do anything that could cause a career threatening injury. There is an unwritten code... Brashear is just a goon.
10 years ago  ::  Apr 28, 2009 - 3:05AM #5
jimmy
Posts: 2,643
brad delgarno's young career was cut short when joe kocur broke his orbial bone .. i have seen the suspension i have seen announcers saying it was wrong but i havent seen anybody say why wasnt it called a penalty ?? even the liesman can blow the whistle and tell a ref .. i mean just suspending brashear means nothing, we lose big time in that trade off , our best pk in the league gave up 2-2 without betts and its the refs who should be disciplined, they call these phantom penalties but ignore an attempt to injure ??
10 years ago  ::  Apr 28, 2009 - 3:48AM #6
yankeestump
Posts: 845
After last year's playoff with Malkin slew footing people and the high stick on Drury followed by the double minor in OT and now this, I really think I have had enough of the NHL.

It is pretty ridiculous that with four officials on the ice no one saw it or the Morrison bite. Although no one saw avery stick thomas either but they had a replay for that...........

I have seen some reports that say the McCreary told Drury it was a
clean hit. So if the league thinks it is a dirty hit but the officials
thought it was a clean hit.................
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10 years ago  ::  Apr 28, 2009 - 4:07AM #7
jimmy
Posts: 2,643

I have seen some reports that say the McCreary told Drury it was a clean hit


are you serious ??? he said that ?? it was a violent hit to the head , away from the action while betts was in a vulnerable position since he obviously didnt expect to be hit with the puck not anywhere near him .. if he said that he should be fired , at the very least if he thought it was clean then it was interference because it was away from the play

10 years ago  ::  Apr 28, 2009 - 4:16AM #8
MyYESNetwork
Posts: 0
I'm going to play devil's advocate here. From the angle I saw, which was not all that much different from McCreary's I would have at least called it an interference minor. McCreary was probably partially shielded from the play by Brashear's size and may not have seen the fact that the hit was to the head. Either way, it was well after the puck had left the area.

The beauty of putting the arm up is this. If you have a penalty called, you are allowed to go to the affected player to see the result of the play. If the guy has a fractured orbit, there is obvious evidence of a hit to the head, you can either call a double-minor or major penalty. From my seats, I had a little bit better angle than McCreary (not much) so I saw the hit to the head, but he honstly may have been blocked.
10 years ago  ::  Apr 28, 2009 - 5:02AM #9
jimmy
Posts: 2,643

The beauty of putting the arm up is this. If you have a penalty called, you are allowed to go to the affected player to see the result of the play. If the guy has a fractured orbit, there is obvious evidence of a hit to the head, you can either call a double-minor or major penalty.


very good point !!! mccreary acted like he wouldnt even consult with the other ref or the 2 linesman .. i dont know if his ego has gotten the best of him after being in the league a long time but he's gone downhill big time the last few years ..


i'm not usually a fella looking to put blame on the refs for our losing but the officiating in this league the last 2 or 3 years is questionable at best .. that interference call against us at center ice on crosby last year with 3 minutes left in a tie game in the playoffs while the play is already in the ranger zone ?? that was disgraceful , either league wanted crosby to advance or the refs just dont wanna sit through an intermission because it used to be you had to drag a guy down on a breakaway to get a call that late in a tie game, i'm sure you remember

10 years ago  ::  Apr 28, 2009 - 1:16PM #10
yankeestump
Posts: 845
I am just going to throw this out there:
If both the caps and canes win then you have a second round matchup of Caps/Pens.
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