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Happening Elsewhere: Matt Cooke Suspended, Hockey World in Relative Agreement for First Time

Mar 22, 2011, 8:29 AM EDT

I don't know if the supermoon had something to do with it, but something cosmic happened when the NHL handed down the discipline for Pittsburgh Penguin Matt Cooke's hit on Ryan McDonagh. Nearly everyone agreed with their decision to suspend Cooke for the rest of the regular season and the first round of the playoffs. Here's the hit, if you haven't seen it:


After the hit, everyone wondered what the league would do. A repeat offender violating the rule against headshots that the league is trying desperately to enforce, only there was no immediate injury. Contrary to many people's logic, the effect of the violation plays a big role in the determination of subsequent discipline. In this case, it was trumped by Cooke's history. No public words yet from Mario Lemieux, but even the guys from the Pensblog thought the suspension was fair, and Cooke himself said he realizes he has to change.

What do you think of the decision?