Blob Mckenzie wrote:What an absolute horseshit call on Drouin. The Finnish player ducks down when he sees someone coming towards him, Drouin finishes his check and the ref gives him a penalty for a headshot. If anything it could have been a charge but that would have been a shitty call as well. IIHF determined to pussify a great sport.
They are not playing by NHL rules, where you discuss intent and purpose and whether the player turned. They are playing by IIHF rules, which are simpler in this case. All checking to the head is illegal. Doesn't matter if the player is standing, crouching, sitting or lying down. If there is contact with the head, the hit is illegal. Simple as that.
The IIHF are serious about doing something to rid the game of concussions. Wish the NHL were as well.
Then again, at least the NHL now does have a rule against headshots, but a more complicated one, where some head shots are OK and others aren't.