Nick Ritchie throws punches at unwilling player.
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Former Top-10 Pick Cheap Shots Opponent And Is Looking at a Potential Long-Term Suspension

Published December 29, 2023 at 9:29

During a European hockey game, this former top-10 NHL draft pick took several cheap shots at his opponent, which will likely land him a long-term suspension.

Nick Ritchie Takes Cheap Shots at Opponent During Liiga Game

Nick Ritchie was pretty well known for his toughness during his stint in the NHL. However, he may have taken things too far during a game in the Finnish Liiga. Ritchie could be seen landing punches with his glove still on on the back of his opponents head, for seemingly no reason.

Former NHLer Nick Ritchie (#11 in White Jersey) repeatedly punches opponent in the head because he knocked him off the puck cleanly...?

He received a major penalty and a game misconduct.

This is pretty gutless.

Ritchie has been in his fair share of fights before, however, there is clearly a line that has been crossed with these actions. He will likely face a suspension that will be long term, as the league doesn't look fondly on fighting in general, if you can even call this a fight.

Ritchie in First Year Playing in Europe

Ritchie is in his first year playing in Europe, as he had a pretty long NHL career playing for the Ducks, Bruins, Leafs, Coyotes, and finally the Flames before taking his talents overseas. He never truly found his footing for a team, playing in the bottom six most of his career in the NHL despite being a top-10 draft pick.

With Ritchie being a physical player, he will need to learn to tone it down in a league that is more about skill than toughness. He has 1 goal and 4 assists in 10 games so far this season.
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Former Top-10 Pick Cheap Shots Opponent And Is Looking at a Potential Long-Term Suspension

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