During Sunday’s Stadium Series between the Blackhawks and Wild at TCF Bank Stadium in Minnesota, Hawks’ defenseman Michal Rozsival was tossed for a clean hit that injured Wild forward Jason Zucker. After Zucker played a bouncing puck, Rozsival stepped into him with a big hit making shoulder to shoulder contact. He was assessed a interference major and game misconduct.
The injury occurred due to the impact of Zucker’s back of the head exposed hitting the ice. As NBC tandem Ed Olczyk and Pierre McGuire noted, he didn’t move. It’s also interesting to point out that trail official Chris Lee made the call.
Here’s another look at the hit at full speed:
There’s nothing dirty about it. It’s not a head shot. However, Zucker was in a prone position due to playing the puck. His head was down. Rozsival steps up and delivers a shoulder with the chest the target but connects with Zucker’s right shoulder and jaw. If anything, the hit came a tad late. But Rozsival had already committed to it. It was about a second after which is within the time limit that a player is eligible to be hit.
The major penalty was the result of Zucker’s injury. He didn’t return. According to Star Tribune reporter Michael Russo, he has an “upper body injury” and is day-to-day. No further update has been provided.