What you're saying is total nonsense. And your evidence outright contradicts what you're saying.rsang39 wrote: ↑May 18th, 2017 1:30 amLol did you even watch the play dude? Sorry but you're completely wrong, it wasn't a dirty hit at all. I say this without any negative intent but if you've never played competitive hockey you wouldn't understand the intent of Hoffman's check. Watch the play again. Schultz is a safe distance away from the boards at the time of impact with Hoffman, in fact he begins the check at the red line. Schultz' body positioning is not vulnerable at the time of impact. Both Schultz and Hoffman were battling for puck positioning along the back of the net as does happen 100x a game.
Contact with Schultz was finished well before he crashed into the boards. You can see that Schultz is already angled away from the board before impact.
When Schultz crashes into the boards the primary point of contact is his shoulder, not his head.
Nothing about this hit was illegal or dirty in any way. The official NHL definition of boarding is defined as
Schultz was not in a defenseless position. He was battling for a loose puck and was well aware of Hoffman's position. Also, Hoffman didn't follow up his hit by continuing contact with him into the boards.
Look at the first image. Take one of your hands and point to where the puck is. Now, take your other other hand and point to where the Schultz is. Now notice how far apart your fingers are. The puck is just off the boards. And contact is made on the other side of the goal line. That means there is almost 11 feet between the player and the puck.
Schultz never had possession of the puck. He was hit before he touched the puck and almost 11 feet away from the puck.
That's not a puck battle. That's interference. That makes it a dirty hit.
Now, look at where the contact is made by Hoffman. Directly on the numbers. That's a hit from behind.
He didn't have the puck, he was far away from the puck, and he was hit from behind. It's hard to be more vulnerable than that.
Your second and third images are irrelevant. It doesn't matter if his head hit the boards. He was still hit from behind when he didn't have the puck. And it doesn't matter if Hoffman followed his contact up into the boards. That's an extremely dangerous play. Plays like that are the reason they changed the icing rule. If Schultz twists the other way, he breaks his neck.