What a scary one this is. Saw this today on CBC during the Senators vs. Thrashers game.
The video isn't great at all....But what I see is a player TURNING. And getting really hurt. Doesn't appear the player left his feet to make the hit. Maybe charging, maybe an elbow a little high....But what's the end result if Fanelli doesn't turn? He sure doesn't hit the boards head first.
Just my 2 cents. Thoughts and prayers are with the player and his family, I'm not being insenitive to his situation. Just looking at it from both sides of it.
I mentioned players TURNING and showing their backs to an on coming checker on a Bulldog Broadcast a couple games back. I even went so far as to get the video, slow it down, and watch it over and over to make sure I wasn't wrong with saying the player turned into the check.
Kids - DONT TURN.