Wild Ryan Hartman to Face Suspension for Aggressive On-Ice Behavior: Slashing Andersson and Punching Lewis?

Published March 8, 2023 at 8:23
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Minnesota Wild forward Ryan Hartman's aggressive behavior during the game against Calgary Flames has brought him under scrutiny from the department of player safety. His actions, which included a brutal slash on Rasmus Anderson and a punch to Trevor Lewis's face, have raised concerns about his sportsmanship and professionalism.

The Incident

During the first period of the game, tensions were already high when Hartman lost his cool and hit Anderson with a slash that left the Flames player visibly shaken. The incident escalated quickly, and Hartman went on to punch Lewis in the face during a scrum. This behavior was not only unsportsmanlike but also dangerous and could have resulted in serious injury to Lewis.

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The Consequences

Hartman's actions did not go unnoticed, and he was immediately penalized with a double minor. However, this might not be the end of it. The department of player safety has a zero-tolerance policy for such behavior, and it is highly likely that Hartman will face further consequences, including a lengthy suspension.

The Impact

Ryan Hartman's on-ice behavior not only affects his reputation but also that of his team. The Minnesota Wild, who are currently vying for a playoff spot, cannot afford to have one of their players suspended for a significant period. Furthermore, such behavior sets a bad example fans alike, sending the message that aggression and violence are acceptable in sports.
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