Penalties Haven't Seemed to Deter Hits from Behind
GRAND FORKS, N.D. (AP) - Tougher rules and stricter penalties have not eliminated dangerous hits from behind in college hockey.
University of North Dakota captain Chay Genoway was hit by St. Cloud State forward Aaron Marvin last Friday night. UND says he is out indefinitely.
Marvin, a native of Warroad, Minn., was ejected from the game. The Western Collegiate Hockey Association later added a one-game suspension.
Last season, Minnesota State, Mankato forward Trevor Bruess sent Derrick LaPoint into the end boards. LaPoint's injury kept him off skates for several months. Bruess was not penalized during the game, but was later given a one-game suspension.
WCHA Commissioner Bruce McLeod said the rules have been toughened and the league is trying to emphasize no tolerance of the hits from behind. But he says they still happen.