You think that check was low, because it was kinda sorta maybe in the neighborhood of the knee?

Here’s a youtube compilation of hip checks. It’s the first one that comes up if you search for “hipcheck.” There are about fifty hipchecks shown here. Watch them and apply the absurd Scuderi/Chimera criteria to them. How many do you think are within a couple inches of the knee, right above the knee, or whatever descriptor you prefer for the Scuderi check? Um, MOST OF THEM. If you limit your data set to “classic” hipchecks (i.e. excluding the forward’s version of a hipcheck where you kinda stick your hip out and catch someone in the stomach or on the hip), then ALL OF THEM are punishable if the Scuderi check is punishable. But they’re not punishable. Because they’re legal checks. And have been for 100 years.

YouTube – The Hipcheck.

This is all about how Chimera landed. But look at how the receivers of all those hip-checks landed. They were in more control of their bodies. Whether or not Chimera is in control of his body post-check is not Scuderi’s fault. And in any case, as I have said a million times now, the low hit issue is a red-herring. It’s the face into the ice that’s freaking people out, and that has nothing to do with whether the hit was low or not.


  6 comments for “You think that check was low, because it was kinda sorta maybe in the neighborhood of the knee?

  1. Denise
    October 26, 2009 at 11:33 AM

    In case I wasn’t clear, I’m not disagreeing with you on the main — though I do think the knee was hit first, that doesn’t make it intentional/relevant.

  2. quisp
    October 26, 2009 at 11:50 AM

    You were clear. The video leaves room for debate about where the exact point of contact was and exactly when if ever the knee was actually involved. But it’s as you say not relevant to a check that turns out to be dangerous to the guy’s face.

  3. noneemac
    October 26, 2009 at 5:37 PM

    Thank you for posting this great compilation. One thing becomes clear: the Red Wings dominate the video! All the best hits are Wings hits! Pavel, Drapes, and the all-time greatest hitter, Vladimir Konstantinov!

    Go Wings!!!

  4. sd
    October 26, 2009 at 8:50 PM

    I’m going to have to totally disagree with you about the video. 90% of those hits were between the thigh and stomach. Though, to me, additiional punishment is not about how many inches away from the knee the contact is made. That’s a judgement call by the refs on the ice. The rule says “at or below the knee” is clipping. If they judge that as clipping on the ice, I have no problem with it.

    To me though, any additional punishment by the NHL is about how low the checker tried to get to make the hit. That shows intent. What I don’t like about Scud’s hit (and those few in the video like it) is that he bent his knees way down to get under Chimera. If he keeps his legs relatively straight, like 90% of the guys in the video, he slows a lot of Chimera’s momentum down and at least Chimera has a chance to get his hands out or tuck his head. Getting hit that low is like catching an edge on a snowboard. You’re on your face before you know it.

    That being said, if the NHL isn’t going to punish Richards for his hit on Booth, then they better not even consider to dish out anything else to Scuderi. It should have been called a clip in the game, but that’s it. They missed it. Sorry Chimera. I’m glad he’s ok.

    • quisp
      October 26, 2009 at 9:52 PM

      The posture of the defenseman applying a classic hip-check is not unrelated to that of taking a crap in the woods. Your knees are quite bent. The “relatively straight leg” version is the “forward” version, where two guys skating in opposite directions intersect and one sticks his hip out, sort of like you would passing someone in the hallway in high school (if you were an ass). I’m talking about the crouched d version.

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