NHL Decides Not to Suspend Penguins Forward Matt Cooke
/ Pittsburgh Penguins
The Penguins received good news on Wednesday when National Hockey League senior vice president and director of hockey operations Colin Campbell ruled Penguins left winger Matt Cooke will not be suspended.
Cooke had a hearing with Campbell earlier in the week following his hit on the Boston Bruins Marc Savard on Sunday afternoon at Mellon Arena. Savard left the game late in the third period after suffering a concussion on the play.
According to NHL.com, Campbell felt Cooke’s hit was similar to one Philadelphia’s Mike Richards had on Florida’s David Booth back in October. Richards was not suspended. In keeping with the consistency of that ruling, Campbell believed Cooke’s hit should go unpunished.
“No one likes to see anybody get hurt, whether it is your team or somebody else’s,” Cooke said. “It’s an unfortunate part of our game with the speed it is played at now. I think (general managers) are having a meeting right now (about hits to the head). … Hopefully something comes out of it.”