The NHL's Department of Player Safety rules on Tyler Myers' head shot on Trevor Lewis

Published January 30, 2022 at 1:17 PM
BY MIKE ARMENTI
Vancouver Canucks defenseman Tyler Myers had dodged a bullet with the NHL's Department of Player Safety on Sunday, after delivering a massive retaliatory head shot on Calgary Flames forward Trevor Lewis on Saturday night.

The play occurred as Lewis and Myers were jockeying for position in a puck battle along the boards when Lewis went to throw a bit of a stiff-arm on Myers, connecting with his face, rather than his upper-body. Myers, clearly frustrated, absolutely levelled Lewis into the end boards, clipping him high.


Lewis was down on the ice momentarily following the hit, clearly shaken up. Myers was issued a major penalty for boarding and was subsequently ejected from the game.


The decision from the DoPS is a confusing one, given the retaliatory nature of the hit by Myers. It just seems like a reckless, avoidable play. This one is a bit of a head-scratcher.

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