Hockey analyst and former player Ron MacLean had some strong words for the NHL in response to their handling of a recent high-sticking incident involving Jacob Trouba of the New York Rangers.
During a game against the Boston Bruins, Trouba delivered a dangerous high-stick to the head of Bruins player Nick Ritchie. The incident was not penalized during the game, but the NHL Department of Player Safety later fined Trouba $5,000 for the infraction.
MacLean, however, was not satisfied with the league’s response. “How can that only be a $5,000 fine?” he exclaimed during a broadcast on Sportsnet. “This was a dangerous play that could have caused serious injury. The NHL needs to do better in protecting its players.”
MacLean’s comments reflect a growing concern among fans, players, and analysts about the NHL’s approach to punishing dangerous plays on the ice. With player safety being a top priority in the league, many are calling for harsher penalties for actions like Trouba’s high-sticking incident.
The NHL has not yet responded to MacLean’s criticisms, but the debate over player safety and disciplinary measures is likely to continue in the wake of this incident.
As for Trouba, he has not commented publicly on the incident or the fine. The Rangers’ next game is against the Philadelphia Flyers, and it is yet to be seen how the team will address the situation moving forward.