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Should Duncan Keith Be Charged With Assault On Daniel Sedin?

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Hi all

Here's is an article (http://www.haven4gam...vancouver-news/) I wrote today on this situation, interested to hear what you all think:

You can look at this for rundown of what happened and a retired referee's take on it:

http://tsn.ca/nhl/story/?id=391084

No suspension news yet from the NHL but has anyone asked the question:

Should Duncan Keith be charged with assault on Daniel Sedin?

People will remember the incident between Marty McSorley and Donald Brashear in February 2000.  Here is Wikipedia's description of the event:

On February 21, 2000, McSorley, playing for the Boston Bruins, swung his stick and hit Donald Brashear in the head with 3 seconds left in the game. Brashear fell backwards and hit his head hard on the ice as a result of the stick's contact with his head and helmet. As a result of the fall and hard contact with the ice, Brashear lost consciousness and suffered a grade 3 concussion.

As a result of the stick incident, McSorley was charged with assault and suspended by the NHL for the remainder of the 1999–2000 season (including playoffs) missing 23 games. On October 4, 2000, a jury found McSorley guilty of assault with a weapon for his attack on Brashear. He was sentenced to 18 months probation. The trial was the first for an on-ice attack by an NHL player since 1988.

After his assault conviction his NHL suspension was extended to one full year (through February 21, 2001).[2] McSorley would never play in another NHL game.

How is this situation different from Keith / Sedin's?  It is alleged that Keith said to Sedin "I'm going to get you" prior to the elbow assault so there's the premediated intent to injure.  The only difference is the weapon used, McSorley used a hockey stick while Keith used a very hard hockey elbow pad.  They are both hockey equipment and they are both very capable of inflicting damage in an assault if used properly and with intent.

Regardless of the suspension that is placed on Keith by the NHL, in my opinion, this matter should be looked into by the police for assault charges.  In a recent CBC article, the injury to Sedin is looking to be very very serious:

The team doctor for the WHL's Vancouver Giants, Dr. Raj Attariwala, says he is concerned that Sedin may have sustained a brain injury.

"It's actually one of the most common times, we actually see people, they're hit in the jaw, the jaw snaps up, it hits the brain, or it hits the skull with tremendous momentum, which will give you a concussion," Attariwala said.

Think about this, if this happened on the streets of any city, would this be allowed to happen without police involvement? I think everyone knows the answer is NO.  People will argue that the NHL should police its own matters and for the most part I agree, but in this situation where there is implied intent to injure, the act of injuring and then someone with brain damage, I think this warrants policing outside of the NHL

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Good gawd NO!!!

Keep the courts out of hockey

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If there's anything we learned from Moore/Bert (which is still ongoing) is that someone needs to step FAR, FAR out of line (ala McSorely on Brashear far) for any type of court to advance fluidly

so no

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We are not Montreal.. Regardless of the situation let the league handle the disipline and leave it at.

How is this even being brought up.. Only on CDC

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Are you kidding me? Suspension, yes. Assault, HELL NO.

Let's not make this bigger than it is...

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Stupid artical...

Keep hockey in the arena..

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kassian, wiese Bieksa, etc.... should have greeted Keith with a barrage of fists the second he stepped out of the box.

assault charge would be :picard: although if it was a career ending injury there may very well be an argument there.

F the NHL, this league and its officialting are Bush League.

Get Bitz and Duco in the lineup.

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No.

NHL is a mans game.

On ice issues to be solved in ice.

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I really hope this gets locked

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I actually want Lateralus et al. to come to this thread and rip into Canuck fans. People like the OP validate other fans' perception of Canuck fans as whiners who have no knowledge of the game.

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Please don't post these kinds of things, they give Canucks fans a bad name. I don't know anybody who thinks that this should even be considered. It was a dirty hit but it was nothing like the other incidents mentioned that were so far beyond what we see in the game on a regular basis.

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