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Andrew Shaw Calls Out NHL Player Safety Over Hit On Jujhar Khaira

The former Blackhawks forward believes the NHL is “point[ing] the finger” at Jujhar Khaira regarding the scary hit he took from Jacob Trouba.

Andrew Shaw Tweet NHL Player Safety
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Former Blackhawks forward Andrew Shaw has a bone to pick with the NHL’s Department of Player Safety. Shaw recently fired off a tweet calling out the league’s lack of response to Jacob Trouba’s massive hit on Jujhar Khaira in Tuesday’s Rangers vs. Blackhawks game.

It was an extremely scary situation as Trouba knocked Khaira out cold. The Hawks forward exited the ice on a stretcher and had to be hospitalized for an upper-body blow.

Luckily, Khaira was released from the hospital Wednesday morning and the Blackhawks expect him to make a complete recovery.

Shaw’s Standpoint

Andrew Shaw is no stranger to run-ins with NHL Player Safety on both sides of the coin. The rugged forward received his share of fines and suspensions as a result of his hard-nosed style during his playing days.

But even more significant, Shaw was on the receiving end of several hits that resulted in head trauma. In fact, that’s why he had to hang up the skates at just 29 years of age.

“After several concussions, the doctors strongly recommend that I stop playing the game I love,” Shaw said in his retirement announcement video.

Now, “The Mutt” clearly wants things to be different for current NHL players. He may have some Blackhawks bias, but his assertion that the league is “point[ing] the finger” at the recipient of an injury-inducing hit could have some merit.

It was an unfortunate situation as a slightly hunched-over Khaira attempted to collect the puck at his skates while Trouba closed in. The Rangers defenseman finished his check with full force and appeared to contact Khaira’s chin with his shoulder.

Jacob Trouba Jujhar Khaira Hit Blackhawks
Photo: NBC Sports Chicago

The officials on the ice did not dole out any penalties following the hit. The NHL Department of Player Safety has not announced a hearing for Trouba. I’m not attempting to make a ruling on the hit; these are just the facts.

But Shaw obviously thinks the league should have taken action.

“You gunna just point the finger at Jujhar saying he put himself in the position like you told me on many occasions?” he wrote in his tweet.

Clearly, Shaw believes the league didn’t sufficiently respond to several hits he absorbed throughout his career. And that’s what he sees unfolding for Khaira right now.

As things currently stand, Jacob Trouba will not face discipline for his hit on Jujhar Khaira. It’s unlikely Andrew Shaw mentioning the NHL’s Department of Player Safety on social media will change that. However, his statement certainly sparks further discussion on the matter amongst hockey fans and media.

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Richard M
Richard M
1 month ago

If hitting a guy dead center of his body is illegal than just remove checking from the game. This isn’t the NFL, where 15 yard penalties are easy to overcome. A 5 minute major penalty given on one hit that can’t be discerned from another hit can essentially end a game.

A dirty hit is a play where a player can’t protect himself. A vicious high stick, a hit from behind, from the side. But if you hit a guy dead center like this hit, what else can you do but just outlaw checking. So the onus is on the player. He needs to pick his head up and risk losing the puck. Why do they hit D-Men in the corner? Because he knows the hit is coming and might turn over the puck. Now treat him like the goalie and the game becomes uninteresting to watch.

Lroney
Lroney
1 month ago

It’s funny you see the same stupid justification for these hits. And there’s always the “you may as well not have any checking”. A dirty hit is where a player can’t protect himself which is exactly this situation. It’s up to players to pull up when they see the player is vulnerable. The good players do and the others keep getting a pass on injuring players. The NHL only responds when a star player gets blown up

Trey
Trey
1 month ago

The nhl concussion protocol sounds like the militaries lol. Shawzy my dude.

Cory
Cory
1 month ago

Khara hits the same way. I’ve watched a many of games while he played for the Oilers. A many of times he lined up dudes like kassian does and tried the same hit. It’s his own fault, that simple. I’m sorry of that bothers anyone but that’s hockey. Keep your head up boys. It’s a big boys game. Don’t be a baby like Shaw..

Cory
Cory
1 month ago

Lroney .. Stop commenting please.. If you want to watch soccer, go watch soccer. Everyone the nhl is ok with hitting. Go ask them. 99% of players keep their heads up and the other 1% the team yells at them to pick their heads up. Ever play a game. Sounds like your into non contact sports. Stick to soccer

Hofly
Hofly
1 month ago

Shaw needs to look in the mirror. He suffered all his concussions because he was a wild man on the ice and did not pay attention to rules of the game such as always keeping your head up. This is al sour grapes!!!

Frank I
Frank I
1 month ago

It’s not necessarily a “dirty hit”, but I thought the rule was that the head can’t be the first point of contact? I think Trouba intended to lay a heavy hit, not necessarily injure. But the fact remains, if I punch you in your chin with your head down, you’re getting knocked out cold. If I punch you in your chest with your head down, you’re probably not going to the hospital. Should have at least been an on-ice penalty, whether it’s a minor or a major.

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