NHL suspends David Backes three games for dangerous hit on Blake Coleman

The Department of Player Safety actually got another one right. They announced the suspension of Bruins forward David Backes yesterday for an illegal check to the head of a unsuspecting Blake Coleman in Thursday’s game. Here is the play in question:

A pretty good assessment from a Bruins fan, The Hockey Guy on his YouTube channel. You can see the disappointment on his face with Backes, who Boston overpaid a couple of years ago. He has three goals and seven assists on the season for Boston. He will begin serving a three-game suspension tonight when the Bruins visit Buffalo.

Good job by the Department of Player Safety. They got it right. It was a clear hit to the head that could’ve seriously injured Coleman. As he said, it wasn’t a late hit. But the principal point of contact was the head. A no no in today’s game.

Ironically, Coleman was okay. He scored twice to exact revenge in the Devils’ 4-2 road win over Boston. Here is a better description with good angles of the Backes illegal check to the head that earned him a three-game ban.

Case closed. These are exactly the type of hits the NHL wants to eliminate. Though I doubt they’ll ever disappear completely due to the speed of the game. Penalizing guilty players appropriately and educating them is the key.


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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2 Responses to NHL suspends David Backes three games for dangerous hit on Blake Coleman

  1. hasan4978 says:

    I didn’t see it at the time but did see it later, yeah he definitely learned from Marchand trying to pull that no-look cheap shot. I also think they got the punishment right here.


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