Originally written October 14, 2011 on centericechat.com:
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By MATT WILSON Arron Asham of the Pittsburgh Penguins has apologized sympathetically for his reaction and gesture after pummeling non-fighter Jay Beagle, who drew a delayed penalty after an infraction against Kris Letang. Arron Asham motions of of his two gestures that has the hockey world in a mild uproar the day after he unleashed a fury of punches to Washington Capitals' Jay Beagle. Asham was apologetic for those gestures. The Hockey New’s Ken Campbell is calling out for the suspension of Asham for his gesture, despite a speedy apology. Suspend him for what? In the new age of clamping down on violence, and taking so much away from the game, why continue down that road? Was it wrong that Asham, 99 professional fights to his name, picked a fight with someone who has been engaged in all of one fight in one preseason NHL game? Probably? Did Asham know Beagle’s lack of fighting history? Who knows? At the end of the day, Asham was defending a teammate in Letang. And, just as we laughed at Carey Price’s B-Boy stance last year, followed by Mar Andre-Fleury’s counter-stance, Asham’s reaction to winning the scrap was immediate, not throughout out, and a little funny when holding his hands up as in congratulating himself. As for Beagle, he was out cold. And as Asham skated away with a smile, he went right into the penalty box, but watched on with concern. Once Beagle was able to skate up on his own, stick taps were in order. And he appropriately did so. Asham is a fighter fist on the ice. Take that element out of the game, he shows to be a compassionate player. Twitter:Mattjw24.
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