Bloody result of Eric Gryba’s hit on Lars Eller sparks controversy
The result of the hit left Eller bleeding profusely on the ice (see video below). After being removed on a stretcher, Eller spent the night in a hospital being treated for a concussion, facial fractures, dental fractures and facial contusions.
Gryba received a major penalty and a game misconduct for his check of Eller. Analysts were mixed on Twitter with some characterizing the hit as being clean, but with an unfortunate result. Others debated that hitting a vulnerable player regardless of the situation was no longer acceptable in the NHL.
Gryba could be looking at a suspension. CBC’s Elliotte Friedman reported Gryba will have a hearing with the NHL on Friday.
Warning: Video contains graphic material.
Gryba hearing tomorrow—
Elliotte Friedman (@FriedgeHNIC) May 03, 2013
Have to remember that hitting a defenseless/vulnerable player in the head is no longer acceptable. Rules/game have changed.—
Tom Gulitti (@TGfireandice) May 03, 2013
Bottom line on Gryba hit…Eller is hurt…bad. Rules of game have changed to protect the vulnerable. Eller was definitely vulnerable.—
Darren Dreger (@DarrenDreger) May 03, 2013