The Knucklehead of the Day award
Today's winner is New York Islander Forward, Chris Simon. He gets the award for the following.
UNIONDALE, N.Y. - Chris Simon might know by the end of the weekend just how costly revenge is. The Islanders forward was slated to have a disciplinary hearing Saturday at the NHL office in New York to discuss the two-handed swing of his hockey stick to the head of Rangers center Ryan Hollweg. Once the talking stops, Simon will likely be hit with a suspension that could end his season. For now his banishment is indefinite, the NHL said Friday.
Hollweg took a few stitches in the chin, but was not seriously hurt. Simon likely will be feeling the sting of his actions for quite some time.
The suspension could be as long as those given to Todd Bertuzzi and Marty McSorley following their violent infractions that also gave a black eye to hockey. The Islanders have 15 regular-season games left, and might be without Simon for those and the playoffs should the team qualify.
Simon also might face legal troubles in New York.
A spokesman for Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice said Friday that "no decision has been reached" about whether to bring charges against Simon.
This marked the sixth suspension Simon has been given by the league, which could work against him when the punishment is meted out.
Simon was ejected from the Islanders' 2-1 loss with 6:31 remaining in what was a tie game. The ensuing major power play resulted in Petr Prucha's decisive goal.
Hollweg drove Simon into the boards with an unpenalized hit. Simon got up angrily and met him as they came together again, connecting with a swinging motion near Hollweg's chin and neck. Hollweg fell to his back and rolled over onto his stomach by the boards.
He was motionless for a few moments, and was bleeding from the chin when he got up. Yet, he was well enough to practice with the Rangers on Friday and is expected to play Saturday at Pittsburgh.
Simon was suspended four other times for violent on-ice acts and received a three-game ban in 1997 after directing a racial slur toward player Mike Grier, who is black.
During the playoffs in 2000, Simon sat out Game 2 of a series against Pittsburgh after he cross-checked Penguins defenseman Peter Popovic across the throat in the opener while with Washington.
In April 2001, Simon received a two-game ban for elbowing Anders Eriksson of Florida. He then was given a pair of two-game suspensions in 2004 — for cross-checking Tampa Bay's Ruslan Fedotenko and then jumping on him and punching him, and for kneeing Dallas defenseman Sergei Zubov.
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Simon is a goon who deserves to be susepended for a half a year at most. He could have killed the player or taken out an eye, and this can't be tolerated.
For unjustified violence in a professional hockey game, Chris Simon is today's Knucklehead of the day.
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