Showing posts with label Olli Määttä. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Olli Määttä. Show all posts

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Nino Niederreiter's hit on Olli Maatta

Here's the video of Minnesota Wild forward Nino Niederreiter's hit on Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Olli Maatta. Make no mistake about it, this is a dangerous, reckless hit. That being said, Niederreiter is not a dirty player, not by any stretch of the imagination.

I included the hit by Penguins defenseman Ben Lovejoy on Niederreiter. This play happened right before Nino's hit on Maata. This is a push check, right or wrong, it happens in the game all of the time. Both hits should have been a penalty, but were not.

I have seen fans calling for a suspension on Niederreiter. Personally, this is a hit that needs to be removed from the game of hockey. I don't have a problem with the NHL suspending Niederreiter for this hit, but they won't. Not this time.

“It’s unfortunate the whole situation,” Niederreiter told the media following last night's game. “I pushed him and went for a change and I think he toe-picked the same time and the door was open. You never want to see anything like that. Obviously I feel bad.”

Tuesday, January 07, 2014

The Finnish 2014 Olympic Hockey Team

English: Sami Vatanen accepts his player of th...
English: Sami Vatanen accepts his player of the game award during the 2010 World Junior Championships. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


Juhamatti Aaltonen (Karpat, SM-liiga)
Aleksander Barkov (Florida)
Valtteri Filppula (Tampa Bay)
Mikael Granlund (Minnesota)
Jussi Jokinen (Pittsburgh)
Olli Jokinen (Winnipeg)
Mikko Koivu (Minnesota)
Leo Komarov (Toronto)
Petri Kontiola (Anaheim)
Lauri Korpikoski (Phoenix)
Jori Lehtera (St. Louis)
Antti Pihlstrom (Nashville)
Tuomo Ruutu (Carolina)
Teemu Selanne (Anaheim)


Lasse Kukkonen (Philadelphia)
Juuso Hietanen
Sami Lepisto (Chicago)
Olli Maatta (Pittsburgh)
Sami Salo (Tampa Bay)
Kimmo Timonen (Philadelphia)
Ossi Vaananen (Vancouver)
Sami Vatanen (Anaheim)


Kari Lehtonen (Dallas)
Antti Niemi (San Jose)
Tuukka Rask (Boston)
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