Video: Rozsival tossed for clean hit

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.


About Derek Felix

Derek Felix is sports blogger whose previous experience included two stints at ESPN as a stat researcher for NHL and WNBA telecasts. The Staten Island native also worked behind the scenes for MSG as a production assistant on New Jersey Devil games. An avid New York sports fan who enjoys covering events, writing, concerts, movies and the outdoors, Derek has scored Berkeley Carroll basketball games since 2006 and provided an outlet for the Park Slope school's student athletes. Hitting Back gives them the publicity they deserve. From players, coaches to administrators, it's a first class program. In his free time, he also attends Ranger games and is a loyal St. John's alum with a sports management degree.
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