I just saw this video and story on ESPN and felt compelled to write something.
In a fit of emotion, Ballard swung his stick and it landed square on the side of his own goalie’s head (Tomas Vokoun).
Vokoun was taken off the ice on a stretcher, suffering through obvious pain. The Associated Press reports, via a Panthers spokesman, that the goalie “had a laceration to his ear but was alert when he was placed in an ambulance and taken to a local hospital.”
OK, this was an accident, and OK, this is a physical sport known for players loosing teeth and blood on a nightly basis, but this just seems over the top and without any justification.
I’d love to hear your opinions.