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Olli Jokinen could face suspension after cross-check on Wojtek Wolski

Olli Jokinen

In this photo taken on Feb. 1, 2010, Calgary Flames’ Olli Jokinen, from Finland, skates during third period NHL hockey action against the Philadelphia Flyers in Calgary, Alberta. The New York Rangers acquired forwards Olli Jokinen and Brandon Prust from the Calgary Flames for forwards Christopher Higgins and Ales Kotalik late Monday night. The trade was announced by both teams shortly after the Flames were beaten 3-0 by the visiting Philadelphia Flyers. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Jeff McIntosh)


Calgary Flames center Olli Jokinen is often the target of derision for his “soft” play, yet he is the author of occasional moments of violence. Unfortunately, those moments can be just as regrettable.

Take, for instance, last night’s low moment. As you can see about 50 seconds into this clip from TSN, Jokinen clearly cross-checked Phoenix Coyotes forward Wojtek Wolski in the head in a senseless act of violence.

Jokinen was assessed a five-minute major and game misconduct for the cross-check during the game, but TSN reports that he might face further discipline from the league. He had a conference call with the NHL today, but word hasn’t surfaced yet regarding a suspension, fine or simply a slap on the wrist.

There isn’t any official video of the incident just yet, but I decided to screen capture the cross-check from that TSN video. It’s a bit difficult to make out the incident, but it’s on the top of the image, next to the two teams’ benches.


James O’Brien

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What do you think? Does Olli Jokinen deserve a fine, suspension or just a stern talking-to? Let us know in the comments.