In a game between the Detroit Red Wings and Minnesota Wild on Sunday, Red Wings forward was given a double minor penalty for a high stick on Wild defenseman Jared Spurgeon. High sticks are part of the game of hockey and more often than not they are accidental. Even so, accidental high sticks that draw blood are given double minor penalties.
This particular incident is a lot different than an accidental high stick. After watching the video of the incident it is apparent and evident that there was malicious intent on Nyquist’s part. Nyquist clearly knew what he was doing when he turned towards Spurgeon, wound up his stick and hit his directly in the face with the blade of his own stick.
This kind of malicious intent is what the NHL needs to weed out of the game, its what causes serious injury and harm to the league’s players…
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