Saturday, February 10, 2007

Newbury taken off on stretcher

Toronto Maple Leafs forward Kris Newbury took some considerable punishment in a fight tonight with the Pittsburgh Penguins' Ronald Petrovicky, and was taken off the ice on a stretcher midway through the third period.

It's been a wild game so far in Toronto (5-4 for the Leafs with just more than eight minutes remaining), but this incident appears to be rather serious. At best, Newbury has a severe concussion — and there's certainly a chance things could be much worse.

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At 10:10 p.m., February 10, 2007, Blogger Desdemona said...

After the game, Cherry said that Newberry had wanted to get up, but was asked to stay down and wheeled off as a precaution since his head hit the ice.

I wish that he had waved as he was wheeled off to put all of our collective hearts at ease, but at least it's good news.

At 10:42 p.m., February 10, 2007, Blogger James Mirtle said...

No offence to Cherry, but I don't think Newbury wanted to do much of anything other than try to remember his first name after that one.

At 3:01 p.m., February 11, 2007, Blogger E Colquhoun said...

Ask Nick Kypreos about what it is like to get in a fight and be knocked out and hit your head on the ice! That ended his career.

At 3:01 p.m., February 11, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Adam Deadmarsh had his career ended in a fight with Ed Jovanovski, a fact that gets remarkably little play. As a Sens fan, I noticed the other day that Serge Payer's season has ended in Binghampton as a result of a fight he was in there, and a subsequent torn labrum in his shoulder. It's a good thing no one gets hurt in fights though, right Grapes? I'm not an opponent of fighting, but that particular line always struck me as ridiculous.

At 3:07 p.m., February 11, 2007, Anonymous JTE said...

I know that isn't your argument, Anon, but risk of injury should not be given as a reason to eliminate fighting by anyone. If that's the standard, hockey just needs to be outlawed.

At 4:10 p.m., February 11, 2007, Anonymous ken said...

Except when an injury occurs in hockey (or any other sport), it's by accident, unless one of Dale Hunter, Todd Bertuzzi or Ulf Samuelsson is involved.

In a fight, you're intentionally trying to hurt a guy: that's why you're punching him in the face.

I'm not in favour of "outlawing" fighting, but I am in favour of at least calling it what it is: a deliberate attempt to injure. And when it succeeds, let's not pretend otherwise.


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