Philip Tomasino skates against the Chicago Blackhawks.
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Nashville Predators Forward escapes suspension after dirty hit against Calgary

Published January 8, 2024 at 7:55 PM

The NHL's Department of Player Safety has come under fire once more after making yet another questionable call on discipline for a player recently.

A dirty slew-foot results in no suspension


During their game against the Calgary Flames, Nashville Predators forward Philip Tomasino engaged in a slewfoot on Flames defenseman Dennis Gilbert, ultimately injuring the young player.

According to the rulebook, this was a textbook slew-foot;

Slew-footing is the act of a player using his leg or foot to knock or kick an opponent's feet from under him, or pushes an opponent's upper body backward with an arm or elbow, and at the same time with a forward motion of his leg, knocks or kicks the opponent's feet from under him, causing him to fall violently to the ice.

Tomasino Injures Gilbert but escapes punishment

After Gilbert was helped off the ice, the referees came together and ended Tomasino's night early, deservedly so, but apparently, the NHL's DPOS believes this warrants no further action.

If a dirty, non-hockey related play like this doesn't result in a suspension, it's hard to tell from the NHL these days what does, and until they can find consistency in their rulings, they will continue to come under the much deserved scrutiny that they face.

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Nashville Predators Forward escapes suspension after dirty hit against Calgary

Did this hit warrant a suspension?

Yes646.2 %
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