Re: Ference Hearing
posted at 4/28/2011 11:49 AM EDT
In Response to Re: Ference Hearing
[QUOTE]Let's be serious. Ference clearly intended to make contact with Halpern. There's no doubt he wanted to give Halpern a shot. You're delusional if you think Ference was innocently standing there and was aghast when the players came close. However, as I said in a different thread, this whole thing is ludicrous. If I'm Ference, and I'm playing in a Game 7, midway thru the 3rd in a tie game, I do the EXACT...SAME...THING. I'm all for cleaning up the game and getting rid of headshots. But there are headshots and there are things like this. Anyone who wants to claim that this isn't part of the game needs to pick a new sport to watch.
Posted by Kennedy97[/QUOTE]
First, is there a presumption of innocence or guilt?
Watching that clip again and again, it is quite possible that Ference expected him to peel off and shrugged his shoulder once he knew contact would be made.
Also it is quite possible Ference intentionally "hit" him, but in the way the previous poster said.
So what choices did Ference have?
a) go limp and both of you go down?
b) Jump out of the way?
Why reason #1;
Ference was clearly watching the play develop and you could just see the wheels turning as he is evaluating where to position himself for the developing play,
And most importantly
he knows that Halpern is lost.
As a defenseman myself, very often you have the play in front of you and an opposing forward with his back to the play - who is "lost" as I'll call it because he's unaware of a change in play.
This happens every so often in a number of situations.The LAST LAST LAST thing in the WORLD you want to do is to give a "TELL" the forward he's gotten himself way out of position and he's getting further lost
Why reason #2
You want to remain aggressive, it is your end of the ice, you have as much right to that real estate as he does, you are trained to DEFEND that end of the ice, you are trained to hit people coming at you. You don't get out of their way, you make it your business to make sure they get out of YOUR way.
c) Halpern should also have an on ice awareness, Ference barely moved and Halpern skated into him. Halpern should have also made sure the play was going to develop before commiting himself to go deep. If they discipline Ference it is rewarding Halpern for 2 mistakes.
d) Was Halpern embellishing? This goes to the first point, is there a presumption of guilt or innocence.
I'll be really really ticked off if Ference gets suspended.