The head of former Bruin Dennis Wideman is being asked to be put on a stake by basically the entire world of hockey.
Seems a little extreme, right? Well, try to think about your decision after watching this hit:
Not too extreme given how it appears.
In the first video, you can see that Wideman gets hit very awkwardly in the corner. From my experience of getting overly rough on the ice, a lot of things can happen when spinning into the boards head and shoulder first.
He could get a sharp pain from his shoulder to his temple, or it could even be a concussion if he impacted hard enough.
When I first saw Wideman collide with the ref, that was all I saw. It was a video without the hit in the corner nor did it have Wideman skating to the bench.
But after seeing a hit on Wideman like that, even with no concussion, for a good amount of time after impact you could lose some sight and ability to register anything outside of your direct view of where you’re going. His head didn’t shift or move AT ALL during or after the collision with the ref. He had 100% tunnel vision.
This is Wideman’s post-game interview:
I believe him.
I really think that Wideman had no idea of what happened until after. All he saw was somebody wearing white and went to retaliate with a hit, it just so happened his white jersey had black stripes.
People will probably say that he went right to the bench and didn’t look remorseful when he was on it, but he was trying to not fall on his rear end by even standing. He was slouched over as soon as he got to the bench.
The referee is fine, and it’s incredible that he wasn’t severely hurt and I’m glad that he’s okay. Wideman also apologized to him. He’ll be suspended with a fine, no doubt, but he still apologized immediately after when he didn't have to. Yet with the rules that the league has, he has to receive a punishment.
This is the list of rules about hitting an official if you’re into that sort of thing:
And in case you missed it during the Wideman scandal, that Lucic sucker punch, though?
Sorry, but have a good vacation in the press box, boys.
Still miss you guys.
By Jacob Lace