Flames' Goalie Kiprusoff Target of Fan's Laser
The Calgary Flames took a full 65 minutes plus a shoot-out to defeat the Vancouver Canucks Saturday night (winner scored by Jamie Lundmark) in a hotly contested division rivalry. Along the way, one Canuck fan sitting close to the ice at Vancouver's GM Place decided to shine a green laser at Flames goalie Mikka Kiprusoff throughout the game.
Flames coach Brent Sutter was livid that the culprit was never located and removed from the arena. The Flames staff brought it to the attention of both the on-ice officials and GM Place security earlier in the game after noticing. “It’s ridiculous. We could see it from the bench, see it shining on his mask throughout the whole night,” Sutter said.
While most Canuck fans on social media Facebook and Twitter were angered and embarrassed by the actions of this fan, it got me wondering if the Canucks organization intend to press charges against this individual. Laser pointers are known to cause temporary blindness and occasionally long term eye damage.
This is something the NHL and Commissioner Gary Bettman need to consider. What would the league’s position be if the outcome of a game were changed by the act of someone in the stands? And why didn't NHL control in Toronto use the CBC video feeds to zero in on and identify the fan with the laser pointer? He/she should have been located, handcuffed and removed from the game, then charged with aggravated assault. Thoughts or comments?
More on the green laser pointer
(update Monday Jan 11th) J.J. Guerrero over at the Canucks Hockey Blog reports that GM Place sources tell him the culprit with the green laser pointer was never apprehended despite an extensive search of the building throughout the game. Meanwhile Nashville head coach Barry Trotz, whos team plays the Canucks Monday night in GM Place, says if someone in the crowd attempts to shine a laser in the eye of Predators goalie Dan Ellis tonight, he'll pull his team off the ice. "I'll pull the team off," Trotz said after his team's morning skate. "They do that, then we'll stay off."
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