If there’s anything to take from last week’s cheap shot against Sweden and today’s clean hit against Slovakia, it’s that the Canadians are bringing it on the ice. For anyone who has to face Canada the next few days at the World Junior Championships should take note to keep their head up at all times on the ice, or they might end up like Slovakia’s Patrik Luza.
In today’s game in Russia, Canada forward Anthony Camara was attacking the Slovakia zone when Luza was near the boards waiting for the puck to come around to him. With his head down looking at the puck, he was on the receiving end of a devastating hit by Camara sending Luza to the ice. He remained there until exiting the ice via stretcher.
Canada won the game 6-3, and the hit could have been a game-changer as the check was delivered with Canada trailing 2-1 with 13:39 remaining in the second period. Although no penalty was called on the play, Camara was awarded a game misconduct for charging after the referees reconsidered. As an official, it is tough to see a player get taken off the ice in any circumstance let alone on a stretcher. From seeing the video I believed it to be a clean check, much more cleaner than Boone Jenner’s check a week ago in an exhibition. But I respect their decision to give a game misconduct to Camara after talking it over as a team.
Oh by the way, Camara is a 6-foot Boston Bruins prospect. Don’t be surprised if he learns a thing or two from Slovakian Zdeno Chara should they play together.