NHL player Henrik Zetterberg took an unnecessary series of hits from Shea Weber during the Wednesday night game between the Red Wings and the Predators, a game which ended 2-3 in favor of the Predators.
It would seem as if the NHL’s message earlier in the season, players targeting the head of an opponent (even if by accident) would be disciplined accordingly, was without merit as Weber was fined a mere $2,500 for attacking Zetterberg. NHL Senior Vice President of Player Safety and Hockey Operations Brendan Shanahan released a statement in regards to the incident which read:
“We felt this was a reckless and reactionary play on which Weber threw a glancing punch and then shoved Zetterberg’s head into the glass. We reached out to Detroit following the game and were informed that Zetterberg did not suffer an apparent injury and should be in the lineup for Game 2.”
Weber definitely targeted the head of an opponent and while Zetterberg is not currently injured, he may suffer from long-term repercussions down the road as a result of numerous blows to his head. Pierre-Marc Bouchard went flying face-first into the boards back and was sidelined over one-year later with concussion-like symptoms. After the initial blow, he had been feeling uncomfortable and started experiencing symptoms after being elbowed over a year later.
If the NFL is intent on clearly conveying their message that it’s unacceptable to target the head of an opponent, they’re certainly not doing so by fining Shea a petty $2,500 for very obviously directing numerous blows towards the head of his opponent, Henrik.
Watch the video below, if you haven’t already, and let us know what you think about Shea Weber’s fine. Was it adequate discipline for his actions?
Shea Weber Hits Henrik Zetterberg Video: