Everyone else is wrong and I am right: look at 2:14 of this clip…

If you can execute a “low” hip check you belong in the circus.

Jim Fox (whom I love) is wrong. His little red arrows do NOT point to the point of contact. Watch when Chimera goes up: Scuderi has hit him right on the pants with his back. Look at the Columbus feed around 4:40, since they have another angle. Even as the announcers are saying it’s below the knees it’s clearly not below the knees, or even on the knee, but at WORST right above the knee, which is of course the same thing as saying “not on the knee.” Is “close to the head” the same thing as a check to the head? How about a puck close to over the goal line? That’s a goal, right?

Also, “intent to injure?” Ha ha ha. It’s a hip check, folks. It’s the classic Holy Grail of a defenseman’s checking arsenal. And what is the “intent” of a hip-check? I will tell you: to send the guy flying through the air, hopefully head over heels. And, done right, it’s spectacular, classic, highlight reel stuff. It’s what defensemen have instead of hat-tricks. Does it hurt to be hit this way? Usually, not at all. But it takes you out of the play, and it’s embarrassing. I’ll try to find the great hip check laid on Jack Johnson in his first ever pro game. Usually, you just pop right up. Chimera fell awkwardly, landed on his face. That’s bad luck. And you simply can’t plan or “intend” that, and it has absolutely not one f**king thing to do with whether he was hit below the knee or not. Which, in any case, he wasn’t.

Clean hit.

 
  • Denise

    In the super slo-mo I feel like I see his knee tweak on impact juuuust before the contact with the thigh happens, because the knee was angled awkwardly. I wasn’t right on the ice though, so I don’t know. It might explain why Chimera’s so convinced of the knee thing, if he felt that first.

    I’m with you on no intent to injure; usually the guy doesn’t land on his face. Did he miscalculate by going too low? Agh. I do think an attempt to check regularly went awry.

  • Davey

    I hate it when they throw “dirty hit” around like a hackey sack in a hippy commune. Its just way too subjective. They make you think that “Intent to injure” and “dangerous maneuvers” are always so apparent, when really its predominantly about whether the guy gets injured or not. Because guys throw their back to the checker at the last minute sometimes, or they have their head down, and its automatically a dirty hit when they get hurt.

    Of course you dont go for a dudes legs, and Scuderi was lower than the average level for a hip check. But really, they woulda praised Scuderi’s hit if had Chimera not used his face as a belt sander on the ice. Most hipchecks ive seen involve the shoulder/arm/hip/butt making contact with the thigh/knee region of the recipient anyways, which is (and ill agree with you) where he made contact. the “below the knees” is ridiculous. If Scuderi went below the knees he woulda fallen down im sure, but he kept his skates.

  • quisp

    Can’t hip check someone at or below the knees. Not possible. It would be idiotic to attempt to take out someone’s knee with your ass. And Chimera didn’t suffer any kind of knee injury. He landed on his face. That’s frankly not Scuderi’s fault. A hip check is supposed to toss the player head over heels. That’s the point.

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  • Mike

    With all this talk about the hip check did everyone forget about the elbows the CBJ’s were throwing around for the rest of the game? The last one on Frolov was a clear that the player was head hunting! Will that be reviewed?

    • quisp

      It would be hilarious if the result of the NHL review is that Chimera was suspended and Scuderi isn’t.

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