Weight’s hit on Sutter. Clean or dirty?


Wow, talk about getting your bell run. Doug Weight absolutely levelled Brandon Sutter Saturday night in the Islanders vs. Hurricanes game and once again it has opened the debate about headshots in the NHL. In case you missed the hit, here is a clip below along with a poll about what you think. Let’s hope the kid is feeling better and is back on the ice sooner than later.


Weight’s hit on Sutter. Clean or dirty?

  1. the announcer is right: sutter had the puck, wight lined up a hit, weight did not rise up nor extend his elbow or shoulder, dude bent over as he
    moved into the hit to try to get a but more extension putting his own noggin in harm’s way, weight has insufficient time to avoid the resulting collision.

    unfortunate and, as you say hopefully sutter is feeling better and back at it soon, but it was not dirty.

  2. Any coaches looking to teach young players to skate with their heads up will find this video useful. The difference between this and any other big open-ice hit was the bent-over body position of the person being hit – not something Weight can control. Clean hit.

  3. I played ice hockey for 20 years, and it was a clean hit, but an unnecessary one. It’s one of those moments of choice you have when someone is reaching for the puck off balance. Do you take advantage of that and give them the broadside? Or do you play the puck? The problem I have with the hit is that Weight didn’t play the puck, he just made sure Sutter had it so that he could technically hit him. Because of that technicality, it’s a clean hit, but it’s also a little unethical. The point of hockey should be to play the puck, not take advantage of someone when they themselves are reaching to poke the puck into the offensive zone. Doug Weight has almost 20 years of hockey experience in the NHL, so I doubt he intended to hurt him. The problem is, with players who have millions of dollars at stake in their health, a hit like this can literally cost Sutter his livelihood.

    Damian, it’s not really about keeping your head up persay… he was stretching at the time to reach forward and pokecheck the puck into the offensive zone. Weight took the opportunity to hit him at the apex of that stretching out.

    Now that I look at the hit for the 10th time, I’d even say it was dirty, since you really aren’t supposed to make body contact on a player unless that player has control of the puck. At the time, Sutter didn’t have control of the puck, and the fact is that Weight wasn’t playing the game as it’s meant to be played.

  4. Raphael, with all due respect… that hit is not dirty. It is one thing to suggest that Weight could have adjusted and held off the hit given that Sutter made himself more vulnerable when watching the hit in slow mo…. but he isn’t playing it in slow-mo…. in real time it just is too fast for those adjustments sometimes unfortunately.

    As for control, vs playing the puck I am not positive that you are wrong by the letter of the rules of the rules, but anyone who has been to a rink knows that the game is not called like that. Again it happens too fast.

  5. Clean hit. He was playing the body, and hockey is a contact sport, just caught him in a vulnerable position. A lot of players would back off if they realized how vulnerable he was, but they’re playing Sunday mornings at the local rink. Weight gets paid to play hard every shift.

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