In a somewhat surprising move, the NHL has suspended Matt Cooke
of the Pittsburgh Penguins two games for a hit to the head on Scott Walker in last Tuesday's game. Walker left the game as a result of the hit and did not return, but is feeling no ill effects now.
I say the move is surprising only because I don't remember hearing any outcry for supplemental discipline on Cooke beyond the minor penalty for interference he received at the time. I can think of a few instances where there was such outcry with no suspensions handed out (Doug Weight's hit on Brandon Sutter
, to an extent), but nothing quite like this.
My guess is that the league is making good on a promise to take a closer look at hits to the head around the league, and if that's the case, good for them.
I couldn't find a video clip to post here. Now that a suspension has been handed out I suppose one might pop up - feel free to use the comment section on the message board to share anything you find.