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The Matt Cooke hit: A Colorado view

Posted by: Howard Sinker Updated: April 23, 2014 - 8:00 AM

Here's the headline on the Denver Post story about Matt Cooke's knee-on-knee hit that knocked Tyson Barrie out of the Stanley Cup playoffs and is likely to result in a suspension:

Avs, Wild await word on suspension of Matt Cooke for dirty hit

The Post's Adrian Dater wrote: "The career baggage that he will bring to his supplemental disciplinary hearing with the NHL's office for player safety, however, would fill most of the overhead bins on a good-sized airplane."

Under the smaller headline "Bad Cooke," the Post detailed the list of Cooke's previous suspensions:

February 2004: Suspended two games without pay for spearing Minnesota's Matt Johnson.

November 2008: Two-game suspension for a check to the head of the New York Rangers' Artem Anisimov.

January 2009: Two games for a hit to the head of Carolina's Scott Walker.

February 2011:Four games for a hit from behind on Columbus' Fedor Tyutin.

March 2011: Seventeen games — 10 regular season, seven playoff — for an elbow to the head of the Rangers' Ryan McDonagh.

There's also a lengthy section of "other incidents for which he was not suspended." You can see those here.

If you want a video recap of Cooke's hits, we direct you to this 2011 post from the Washington Capitals blog, "Russian Machine Never Breaks," that has more than a dozen videos of Cooke's nastiness, including the time in 2008 when he blind-sided Zach Parise when the Wild star played for New Jersey.

Should Cooke be suspended? You can vote in our poll here.


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