Monday, May 09, 2005


Evil Sweden tries to suspend Nash

It looks like the evil Swedes are trying to get Canada's best player, Rick Nash, suspended from the tournament for an alleged attack on a referee.

TSN Story Link

Swedish team manager Claes-Goran Wallin says Canadian forward Rick Nash should be suspended from the world championship for his attack on the referee during their qualification round match
. Hmm, ever wonder why you never heard of this incident before now? Maybe it's because THIS ATTACK NEVER HAPPENED!

If Rick Nash attacked a referee, you can be sure that this would be on the front page of every sports section and website in Canada. Surely, the referee in question must be traumatized and feeling hurt...

I'm not sure when this photo was taken, but it looks a little incriminating, I suppose...

The referee has not filed a report concerning Nash or the incident and neither did the supervisor of the game. An IIHF official was not aware of any request for an investigation into any incident involving Nash and Canada's game against Sweden.
Oh, I guess not, eh?

I know Bill Daly and Ted Saskin are full of enough cow manure to grow a lifetime's supply of corn, but Mr. Wallin takes the cake for these utter BS allegations. Maybe Sweden can do a few more Photoshop goodies and show Joe Thornton canoodling with Michael Jackson at the Neverland Ranch. Maybe Nash just happened to bump into the referee...but there was no 'attack' that anyone here seemed to be aware of.

I told you Sweden was evil!

Looks kinda like Nash just scored a goal and is celebrating when the referee got in the way. Im an avid fan and I have never heard of Rick Nash brawling with a ref.
How about this photo, incrimination-wise?
I am Canadian, and felt Nash deserved some sort of punishment. Have you seen the TSN replay? In that shot, it is crystal clear that he tugged on the official to draw attention, and then shoved the second official who came in. That is absolutely unacceptable.

Bob McKenzie also mentioned that this isn't the first time Nash has done this. In the pre-tournament match against USA in Quebec, he pulled a similar stunt. I have concerns about his behaviour, and the lack of a suspension will not deter him from doing the same in the future
I did not see the TSN replay, unfortunately (volunteer work lately) of the incident.

I'm surprised the IIHF did not pursue this at all or even give Nash a slap on the wrist. The IIHF is usually very strict when it comes to the rules.

...or maybe b/c it's because the ref was Russian, and nobody likes Russians ;)
This is the first time I've seen this, and I've never once see Nasher do anything like what that picture shows! I'd have to see the actually replay and not pictures to even consider IF it really happened.
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