Sabres’ Pominville Stretchered Off After Brutal Hit From Hjalmarsson (Video)
Throughout North America, many hockey organizations have adopted the use of stop signs on the back of jerseys to prevent hitting from behind. Perhaps the NHL should do the same.
Whether the sight of a miniature stop sign would have stopped the Blackhawks’ Niklas Hjalmarsson from steamrolling the Sabres’ Jason Pominville from behind is up for debate, but one thing remains certain: The absence of a stop sign on the back of Pominville’s jersey clearly did not help his cause.
Hjalmarsson was assessed a 5-minute major and a game misconduct for the hit, but in all fairness, a look at the replay shows that the Hawks’ defenseman may have just been trying to separate Pominville from the puck as the Sabres’ forward was awaiting a weak pass along the boards.
Unfortunately, Pominville was in no position to bear the brunt of any sort of physical contact in this situation. And when he did, the consequences turned out to be that much more harmful.
Hat Tip – [Puck Daddy]