Ruutu gets hammered: Get

Ruutu gets hammered: Get

Post by Curtis Rep » Fri, 28 Oct 1994 09:57:39


This, Mr. Lessard, is why I prefer fighting to euro-style stickwork.

Please read the whole thing, and think about what would have happened in
the NHL if a star player (which Ruutu is in the Finn league) got smoked
like this. Then realize that the reason it *doesn't* happen as often in
the NHL is that the offender would have earned himself a black eye and
maybe a chipped tooth or two for himself *immediately*. Instead, some
Helsingfors player will probably high-stick or spear Wahlsten in a later
game; potentially causing *him* serious harm.



Quote:
>In Thursday's local Finnish League thriller in Helsinki (Team Teemu,
>a.k.a. the Helsinki Jokers v Helsingfors IFK), Christian Ruutu was laid
>out on the ice, after being high sticked in the mouth by Jokers player
>Sami Wahlsten.  This happened in the first period after some six minutes
>of play.  The blade of Wahlsten's stick cut him in the upper lip, sending
>Ruutu out for 20 or so odd stitches and he also managed to spit out three
>teeth.  This is the first time in his career that Ruutu has had any fangs
>knocked out.
>Ironically, there was NO penalty called: or perhaps it was not ironic at
>all. Refs in this league fail repeatedly to call penalties of
>consequence, blowing their whistles instead when something meaningless
>happens away from the puck.  I guess it is easier.  Wahlsten's high
>sticking manoeuvres would surely have given him a three game vacation in
>the NHL, not to mention some quiet time in the box to remove the shards
>of Ruutu's former teeth from his stick.  Then again, he is a way's away
>from NHL ice.
>After pulling himself up off the ice, Ruutu cunningly skated over towards
>Wahlsten's general vacinity near the Joker's bench, stopping a few meters
>away from him and giving him a ***y intense stare that could have
>frozen time.  At this point, the refs, who were probably more concerned
>with thoughts of being demoted to reffing Women's 3rd Division Floor
>Hockey in Lappland, had no control over what could have happened next.
>However, Ruutu eventually did leave the ice for medical attention,
>aggressively tearing a "Jokerit" banner in half as he did so.
>Amazingly, he returned to play later in the 3rd period and did have a
>couple of heated exchanges with various Jokers players, after play being
>whistled dead.  Teammate Esa Tikkanen managed to keep it fom getting
>ugly, once even pulling Ruutu away by the back of his jersey from a
>situation.
>Fittingly, Helsingfors IFK won the game, spoiling the return of Jari
>Kurri and The Finnish Flash, who played little part in the on-ice action.
>One might assume that Wahlsten might want to watch his backside the next
>time these two teams play eachother.  I will keep you updated.
>Patrick Morton

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Ruutu gets hammered: Get

Post by Arth » Sat, 29 Oct 1994 01:56:51

: This, Mr. Lessard, is why I prefer fighting to euro-style stickwork.

: Please read the whole thing, and think about what would have happened in
: the NHL if a star player (which Ruutu is in the Finn league) got smoked
: like this. Then realize that the reason it *doesn't* happen as often in
: the NHL is that the offender would have earned himself a black eye and
: maybe a chipped tooth or two for himself *immediately*. Instead, some
: Helsingfors player will probably high-stick or spear Wahlsten in a later
: game; potentially causing *him* serious harm.

<***about the lack of intelligence of Finnish Refs deleted>

What does this have to do with your point?  Note that in the article, the
refs did NOTHING about the high-stick, right?  How about if you PUNISH BOTH
OFFENSES?  Why is it that people can only decide between allowing fighting and
allowing high-sticking?  How many more incidents like that do you think would
occur if the player involved were banned for life?  The point is that if you
want to eliminate an activity, it can be done.  If you want to drastically
cut down on fights, throw fighters out of the game.  Two fights in a season
and you're suspended for a game.  >AT THE SAME TIME< you drastically increase
penalties for stickwork - as I mentioned, an incident like the one you mentioned
should earn the guy AT LEAST a one year suspension, and possibly a lifetime
ban.  Why do you think the NHL has to be run as an anarchy just because
some Finnish refs went temporarily blind?

AND BEFORE IT HAPPENS, let me say that flames about whether fighting
and stickwork SHOULD stay in hockey will be ignored - I was merely answering
this post by saying that if we wanted to, we COULD eliminate, or at least
severely reduce, both of those activities.

BTW, those refs have since been demoted for their efforts.

                                Arthur