The “Headbutt Heard Around Ontario” – Fraser McLaren vs Matt Kassian

It didn’t take too long for tempers to flare in tonight’s last installment of the Battle of Ontario, at least for the regular season.

A fight between Ottawa Senator Matt Kassian and Maple Leaf Frazer McLaren ended in rather controvertial fashion as McLaren appeared to attempt to headbutt Kassian.  Not once, but by my count, 3 times.  You could argue that the first two were a result of McLaren trying to get out of Kassian’s grip, but the third was a blatant, battering-ram type headbutt. (Photo is from the March 30th meeting)


Mar 30, 2013; Ottawa, ON, CAN; Toronto Maple Leafs left wing Frazer McLaren (38) and Ottawa Senators left wing Matt Kassian (28) fight in the first period at Scotiabank Place. Mandatory Credit: Marc DesRosiers-USA TODAY Sports

See for yourself:



There was no headbutting call, but from the NHL rulebook:

Rule 47–Head-butting
47.1 Head-butting–The act of head-butting involves a player making
intentional contact, or attempting to make contact, with an opponent
by leading with his head and/or helmet.
47.2 Double-minor Penalty-A double-minor penalty shall be imposed on
a player who attempts to head-butt an opponent.
47.3 Major Penalty-A major penalty shall be imposed on a player who
head-butts an opponent (see 47.5).
47.4 Match Penalty-A match penalty shall be imposed on a player who
injures an opponent as a result of a head-butt.
47.5 Game Misconduct Penalty–When a major penalty is assessed
under this rule, a game misconduct penalty must be imposed.
47.6 Fines and Suspensions-There are no specified fines or
suspensions for head-butting, however, supplementary discipline can
be applied by the Commissioner at his discretion (refer to Rule 28).
There should have been at least a double-minor for the actions, and in my opinion a major and game misconduct should have been assessed to McLaren on the play.

Topics: Fraser Mclaren, Matt Kassian, Ottawa Senators, Toronto Maple Leafs

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