Musings —12.03.2012 10:50 AM—
1. Son One has GTHL game last night.
2. Boy on other team goes to aggressively check him for second time in a minute.
3. Son One raises hands to protect head.
4. Son One’s arms connect with other boys’ head.
5. Son One gets first-ever major penalty and suspension, as other boy allegedly injured.
6. Other boy is off ice for a few minutes, then miraculously returns.
7. Officials do not rule that other boy is ineligible to play due to alleged injury.
8. Other boy continues to play enthusiastically.
9. Son One packs up hockey bag and we leave.
10. Questions abound.
Here’s the question: as you might expect, the severity of a penalty is determined by the seriousness of the offence. If the other boy was (fortunately) not injured at all, and was back on the ice in no time at all, does not the penalty need to be re-assessed? Am I missing something?
Hockey experts, your advice is welcome.