That was the reaction of Owen Sound Attack head coach Greg Ireland after gritty forward Mike Halmo was suspended ten games for a massive open-ice hit on Russian sniper Nail Yakupov, the projected number one pick in this summer’s NHL draft.
There’s been a lot of controversy surrounding the hit. Some people think Halmo led with his elbow, left his feet, and targeted the head of a vulnerable player. Others feel Yakupov leaned into the hit after cutting to the middle of the ice, and that Halmo simply braced himself for contact because he had no time to adjust his path once he committed to the check.
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