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Update: Denver’s Martin hospitalized for fractured vertebra

Denver senior forward Jesse Martin was in stable condition at the Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis Sunday night after suffering three fractures in the C-2 vertebra in his neck Saturday at North Dakota.

Aaron Leu, Denver’s associate director of sports medicine, confirmed that information via a school news release Sunday. The release categorized it as a season-ending injury.

Martin has feeling in all of his extremities and will undergo further testing through Monday to determine whether surgery is necessary, the school said.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with Jesse and the entire Martin family during this most-difficult time,” Denver coach George Gwozdecky said in the news release. “Jesse is one of our team leaders and most-respected players in the locker room. Our players are determined to rally around him and assist in any way possible during the healing process.”

Martin was injured in the second period of a 3-0 victory Saturday at North Dakota. He was hit by the Sioux’s Brad Malone, who received a major charging penalty and a game misconduct.

Martin was taken from the ice on a stretcher and sent to Altru Hospital in Grand Forks. He was later airlifted to Minneapolis.

A center, Martin has 64 points — 32 goals, 32 assists — in 120 career games.


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  • Kb_nodak

    Sioux fans prayers are with Jesse martin and his family. But this post is not what Chambers post said. It reported a hard hit as Jesse skated the puck up the ice. It stated the was no penalty called and that it was not until after jesse was cared and transported off the ice that the penalty was assessed. a hge differnce than the post here. I am praying for Jesse Martins recovery as a fan I do not want to see anyone injred

  • HockeyFan

    What else would you expect from the cheapest team in the WCHA. The league would be a better place without the Hakstoll and the Sioux. Year after year, the sioux continue to live up to my expectations as a dirty team. Way to go guys.

    • HE rules!!

      I would agree. I always thought that UND was a classy team until they spent last weekend in Maine. Not only the dirty hits but the sneaky way they play is rather disturbing. I counted atleast four occassions where a penelty was called and they tried sending the wrong player to the penelty box. As I look at it, thats not a simple mistake when it happened atleast four times in two games. Sad to see a school with such rich tradition becoming what it is today.

      • SiouxFan1979

        According to Martin’s father, Terry Martin, Jesse called North Dakota senior Brad Malone to ease Malone’s mental anguish over his check that caused the injury midway through DU’s 3-0 victory on Saturday in Grand Forks, N.D.

        “Jesse had heard Brad was having a tough time and he wanted Brad to know he had no hard feelings,” Terry Martin said. “Jesse doesn’t think it was an illegal hit and he wanted Brad to know that.”

        Read more: DU player with broken neck talks to North Dakota opponent who injured him – The Denver Post http://www.denverpost.com/sports/ci_16492395#ixzz1444YvBH8

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_KBVOP7JEIJTGTBGPEMTI67KVLU J

      year after year???? what do they do year after year that is considered dirty???? did you even see the injury of martin??? it was an unfortunate incident. there wasnt even a penalty callled initally and the ref was 5 feet away seriously!!! everyone in the arena was hopeing that martin would be ok you all have no basis on your alegations!!!

    • Jpn

      You’re an idiot. If the Sioux were to leave the WCHA it would instanly become less of a league. You can say whatever you want about them and I can say plenty but cheap, no way. I have friends that have played hockey for and against the Sioux in the last 10 years and none of them would say that they are cheap. They play hard, they play fast but they don’t play cheap.

  • JC

    Maybe hockeyfan should look at the hit. It was a clean hit, Martin had his head down and was an unfortunate accident.

    • MB

      Not even close to clean! Head down or not, it was a charging and a hit with the elbow, not shoulder.

      • Cfan

        You obviously didnt see the hit? You should probably watch the video again or get your eyes checked. A penalty wasn’t even called until EMT’s got onto the ice. Every hockey player knows they’re at risk of getting injured every time they step on the ice. Malone is a physical player and is doing what has made North Dakota successful. A hitting team is in no way a dirty team. What ever happened to old time hockey? Hitting is a part of the game but It’s unfortunate what happened to Martin. Thoughts and prayers to him and his family.

      • Lennyak1

        MB, I agree it looked like head-hunting to me. Very low ball considering what Genoway just went through.

        • Anonymous

          Considering what Genoway went through? You compare this to the cross-check from behind to the back of the neck Genoway took 5 seconds after passing the puck? Really? Thats one of the dumber things i’ve heard.

      • Bucky Fan

        Either you haven’t seen the play or either you don’t play hockey. Which one is it? Martin is coming out of the corner with his head down looking for the puck. As a player you are ALWAYS tought to skate with your head up and protect yourself.

        Martin is trying to start a breakout and get the puck out of the zone. Malone is forechecking. Agreed Malone has good speed closing in on Martin as he is supposed to do and as we are all taught. What is Malone supposed to do ask for permission to hit him? Perhaps ask if he needs to slow down first? Maybe he should announce to DU players “here I come, get your head up, I want the puck and I’m entering the zone now!” Malone didn’t take excessive strides to hit Martin. He was clearly coasting as he was supposed to do legally. Wasn’t even a charge, hence the original no call. Due to the seriousness of the injury it was best that the refs came up with something to get Malone off the ice as there was sure to be retaliation if he were permitted to continue playing.

        I’ve been on the receiving end of those hits many times. It’s called awareness, you must know where you are in relation to your opponent at all times. Sometimes skaters are surprised and caught off guard as in this case as he was fumbling for the puck as somone was about to take him off the puck. You know as a player coming out of the corner there is a bulls eye on you period. If you don’t, play basketball instead.

        This is extremely unfortunate. I am not a UND fan nor a DU fan. I’m a hockey fan. It’s not fair to peg Malone for a dirty hit here. It would have been dirty if the following occured:
        1. If Malone left his feet and used his body as a missle trying to project himself through Martin’s body, as results in many of the recent football hits under scrutiny lately = dirty.
        2. If Malone led with his elbows up and followed through in an upward motion = dirty.
        3. If Malone let with his stick used as a weapon in the head area = dirty.

        None of the aforementioned occured did they?
        As you see from the hit, they both stopped in their tracks. Malone didn’t follow through with his body and land on top of Martin did he? No!
        Again, this is unfortunate that he was seriously injured and I feel for Martin, his team, his family and for Malone as well. He didn’t intend to injure here.

        MB you either never played or haven’t see the hit. I am not a goon. I weighed probably 160lb when I played way back when. I was always one of the smaller players on the ice but I enjoyed hitting and trying to avoid being hit. It’s part of the game.

      • Jpn

        He didn’t touch him with his elbow raised at all. My guess is that MB has never played hockey. No one from the DU team is saying this was a dirty hit. Let it go MB. It’s hockey, if you played the game you would know that sometimes this just happens. I have been hit about 10,000 times in the 34 years that I have been and continue to play hockey and I can think of a number of them that if I had been one or two inched one way or the other that this could have happened to me. It was a clean, hard hit and that’s what happens sometimes.

      • guest

        for charging the player either takes more than three strides or jumping before hitting an opponent. Malone was gliding and did not jump

  • Clarke

    Clean hits are with the shoulder, not the elbow. That was dirty, the league should suspend him, and if Hakstol has any class at all, he will suspend him for an additional game as Gwozdecky did with Paukovich.

  • NDRocket

    HockeyFan, stop fooling yourself into thinking that the Sioux hit harder or are “cheaper” than any other team in the league. You don’t think it happens with whatever team you follow? Your team’s players have never hit someone and hurt them? And you truly believe the Sioux players are coached to hurt the opposition? Your sad argument is likely equal to your lack of knowledge of the sport.

    • goaliegal

      where is the sense of fair play in sports…just as what has come to the forefront in the NFL, players need to respect their own speed and strength and use a little common sense when playing the game. There was no need to hit him that hard in that vulnerable a situation. Players these days are being instructed to get that big hit to get the fans going, its unfortunate the skill of the game can’t be satisfying enough.

  • bumstripes

    A clean hit? Then the game misconduct was unwarranted. Could be the biased officials who cost UND two losses at New Hampshire followed them home. Worse yet, there is a conspiracy of officials biased against UND which spans the nation. Whatever, it’s the officiating that gets the blame.

    • HE rules

      Hard to take you serious when you can’t get your facts straight. UND was in Maine not New Hampshire. You’d think you’d remember that given how badly they were beaten. I was actually at both of the games in Maine and were their bad penelties called against UND? Absolutely! Were there bad penelties called against Maine? You bet. Bad calls are part of the game. Happens to every team, not just UND my friend. Here is the difference between UND and a team like Maine or Denver. UND players care more about getting a big hit then they do about scoring. UND dominated the physical game with Maine, which is okay because while UND was busy looking to hit a Maine player, another Maine player was scoring a goal. To the tune of 11 goals in two games. UND might want to rethink their game plan a bit…..

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_KBVOP7JEIJTGTBGPEMTI67KVLU J

        you caught the sioux on a bad weekend, they hit hard every week and a hitting game is fun and its essential. the sioux are a high scoring team and how about the bears try playing them in the second half and we will see what happens

        • jrod790

          Yeah I hope we see you cocky jerks in the second half as well. That’s all you guys are. It was pretty obvious last weekend.

      • siouxisbetterthanyou

        Maine wanna think of winning five more championships before running their mouths

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_STOZHIHC4JGADR5NPEFTWKEAIY Michael

    bumstripes it was Maine not New Hampshire. The Maine weekend was truely a bad weekend. Even Dave Starman commented on how physical the Sioux are. They have always play that way. So do many other WCHA teams. I do remember a checking from behind incident the ended up injuring Robbie Bina. Not to compare the two, but injuries do happen.

    You guys that are complain about if it was a clean or dirty hit. If you watch it at game speed it hard to see the elbow to the head. Yes with the benefit of youtube and other you can see that it does happen. But he was not leading with the elbow, he did not leave his feet, and he was gliding. Martin was caught with his head down. Malone did have a good head of steam when he came into the zone and Martin head was up. It happened with in seconds the Martin head went down and Malone hit him. Debate all you want but do not throw a 20 yr old under the bus for a hit YOU think was dirty. I just hope that the WCHA will look at the hit and make a ruling on that and that only.

    As a parent of three players, a youth coach, a college hockey fan, and a Fighting Sioux hockey fan my thoughts and prayers go out to Jesse and the Martin family.

  • northdasotan

    I have watched this hit over and over. It appears to me that Martin lost control of the puck and leaned forward to try and regain control when he got hit. Had that not happened, there would be no injury or penalty. Malone is not a dirty or cheap player. He is a big strong kid and I am sure he is feeling pretty bad about it. Malone was coasting, did not leave his feet and did not lead with his elbow. I am sure the fans who dislike the Sioux are going to comment in a negative way. The fans who are true fans of the game and/or the Sioux will comment differently. I just hope for a full recovery for the good player that went down.

    • Ooen

      I havnt seen the hit, and as a DU fan I want to believe it was cheap, to be able to do that with jesse, but from what your saying it sounded clean. Do you Have anywhere where I can find the clip? I guess either way its part of hockey at any level, theres goons and bad hits everywhere i guess and theres nothing we can do but pray for Jesse.

  • Goldy

    OMG…. You have to love ND fans. You have as much class as your team. Your coach is a goon just like your program.. Almost every fight or brawl in the WCHA ND is involved.. I though Toews,Duncan and Oshie bought a little class to your program. But there gone and so is your class..
    Don’t care about the elbow.. The guy took a run at him.. All you great hockey fans from ND. It’s called charging.. Hope Malone get’s a couple weekend off. But we know you gutless coach won’t make that move…

    Who ever ND plays biggest fan..

    • ihitbombs7

      First of all, I’m a fan of the Sioux……Second, Goldy, get your head out of you know where. You can’t SPELL and you use THERE in the wrong context. You must be from heart of Minneapolis—maybe Minneapolis North H.S.???? Ghetttttttttoville—-get your G.E.D. first, and then come back to talk. I bet you didn’t even play hockey……..anyway, what about that hit on Robbie Bina in 2005 by Denver’s Paukovich?? That was a Goon’s move…….the hit that occurred on Saturday was a hard hit from Malone—–and there was no penalty called at the time! The only reason you’re throwing the whole “ND has class” crap is you’re a jealous Gopher Fan and are embarrassed by Minnesota’s elementary style of WCHA play……..hence the sweep by Neb-Omaha—-LoL!! Have fun in the bottom of the WCHA…….AGAIN This Year!!!!!! Good Luck on that G.E.D……….

      • UMaineBLACKBEARS

        WOW, ihitbombs7 you are pathetic! You’re actually going to criticize and come back at Goldy with an attack on his spelling and grammer! How LAME can you get. SERIOUSLY PATHETIC, and I am a MAINE fan who has no bias towards either team but I did enjoy it thoroughly when we SWEPT your team right out of Alfond Arena.

        • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_KBVOP7JEIJTGTBGPEMTI67KVLU J

          its easy to beat a team when you have the refs on your payroll every call was a bad one….and oh yeah how often does your team actually have winning season??? LOL nice bashing on the sioux but ofcourse it doesnt matter becuase north dakota is the most consistent team in all of college hockey every year and will be forever so say what you say becuase it only makes you look like a fool LOL LOL LOL SIOUX YEAH YEAH!!!!!!!!

          • Lennyak1

            The most consistent team to lose to BC in the National Tourney.
            BC 6 -3 vs UND!

          • jrod790

            That’s a load of crap. Watched both games. North Dakota deserved every single penalty they recieved. I’ve seen a lot of hockey, but this was probably one of the most dirtiest teams I’ve see in a while. Absolulely no class whatsoever. And you have nothing to base the statement that the refs are on our payroll. That’s a load of crap as well. Maine took a lot of penalties that weekend as well, may I remind you. North Dakota was just very undisciplined and extremely dirty.

          • UMaineBLACKBEARS

            LOL, That just proves how ignorant you truly are J, you have no clue what your talking about and you have clearly have no facts before you make the biggest BS statement I have seen on here in a long time. How often does the Maine Black Bears finish with a winning season you ask?? well do the research and you would have realized that was a stupid question. Out of the past 23 seasons Maine has finished 20 of them with a winning record with 2 National Titles, 9 Frozen Fours, 3 Hockey East Titles, and 16 NCAA tournament appearances, So your statement about MAINE not having winning seasons is BOGUS, You can bash on us all you want but out of the past 23 seasons 20 of them have been finished with a winning record. And the refs on our payroll? THAT IS SO PATHETIC, did we have the WCHA refs on our payroll when we SWEPT you on your home ice in Grand Forks in 2006?? I DIDN’T THINK SO, and if you can’t read, I didn’t bash on the sioux, i was simply bashing on that idiot and I said that I enjoyed the sweep. If you call that bashing then you have something wrong with you mentally. Because I was just stating the facts of what happened, it seems like to me and obviously others that YOU are the one who can’t handle the fact your team got swept and has to blame it on the refs because you have no class. So the only one looking like a fool is YOU! thats why I have supporters and you have NO ONE!

          • UMaineBLACKBEARS

            LOL, That just proves how ignorant you truly are J, you have no clue what your talking about and you have clearly have no facts before you make the biggest BS statement I have seen on here in a long time. How often does the Maine Black Bears finish with a winning season you ask?? well do the research and you would have realized that was a stupid question. Out of the past 23 seasons Maine has finished 20 of them with a winning record with 2 National Titles, 9 Frozen Fours, 3 Hockey East Titles, and 16 NCAA tournament appearances, So your statement about MAINE not having winning seasons is BOGUS, You can bash on us all you want but out of the past 23 seasons 20 of them have been finished with a winning record. And the refs on our payroll? THAT IS SO PATHETIC, did we have the WCHA refs on our payroll when we SWEPT you on your home ice in Grand Forks in 2006?? I DIDN’T THINK SO, and if you can’t read, I didn’t bash on the sioux, i was simply bashing on that idiot and I said that I enjoyed the sweep. If you call that bashing then you have something wrong with you mentally. Because I was just stating the facts of what happened, it seems like to me and obviously others that YOU are the one who can’t handle the fact your team got swept and has to blame it on the refs because you have no class. So the only one looking like a fool is YOU! thats why I have supporters and you have NO ONE!

      • UMaineBLACKBEARS

        Also, maybe getting your G.E.D. is normal for you and your family, but the rest of us actually finished High School and got our diplomas. But way to go on that G.E.D. you must be so proud of yourself!

    • Cryan1995

      You hit the nail on the head of that Nazi supported program in North Dakota. I can’t wait until March and hope that BC winds up in the same bracket as UND then we’ll see who the real bitches are.

  • thespecialist10

    Everybody knows that injuries happen, he put his head down. Malone probably should have just gone to fight for the puck instead of hitting him just because Martin didn’t see him coming. Simple as that, hits are a part of the game in hockey and sometimes they injure players. Everybody plays tougher in the WCHA, and North Dakota gets hit too, hence the injury to Genoway last year. People in the Hockey East think its dirty because their conference doesn’t hit as much if at all so the refs see hits as bad.

    • EZ33s

      you’re obviously a SUE(yes I spelled it like that) fan. everyone knows how dirty ND plays. Finally they will have to face the music on it. thoughts and prayers to jesse martin and his family.

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_KBVOP7JEIJTGTBGPEMTI67KVLU J

        i was at the game, and when i saw martin go down i new that he was hurt badly. as a sioux fan i was a little angry becuase a sioux player caused the injury but in no way was it an intentional hit. malone is one of our grinders hes a good checker and ive never seen him take cheap shots. it was a terrible incident where the denver player spun around with his head down as malone was skating full blast towards him. so i dont think its fair to continue to insult the north dakota program and call them dirty. for what grounds is the program dirty??? what basis do you have???

      • guest

        it’s hockey everyone plays dirty, look at the gophers and other teams. The WCHA is an intense conference and it’s a face pace game. Bad things happen with the game so don’t just point it at the sioux

  • Bucky fan

    First and foremost thoughts and prayers go out to Jesse Martin, his family and his team mates. They aren’t playing tennis or badmitton. The game of hockey is extremely fast, physical, and requires split second decisions. Charging is when you either leave your feet to hit someone and/or take excessive strides to hit someone. I didn’t see that with Malone. Emotions run high. It is amazing more skaters aren’t injured if you ask me and fortunately as a fan we don’t see more serious injuries. The game of hockey is special and requires special physical talents and cognitive abilities to play the fast paced game we love and admire. As a former player take your pick….UND vs DU, UND vs CC, Gophers vs UND, WI vs UND….its the WCHA. Are any of these games ever non-physical? I am a Badger fan and pro WCHA of course. I don’t wish anyone seriously hurt regardless of the team. Please don’t tell me BC, or MI, or Cornell or countless others aren’t physical? It’s hockey. If you don’t take the body, pretty safe bet you will lose. UND has always been a tough, gritty, fast, talented team and doubt they will ever change. You have to be nuts to want to go to school in North Dakota anyway! Hakstol doesn’t send his players out to be cheap. The skaters make their own decisions when on the ice. I guarantee you Malone is disturbed about the situation. It may be a good idea to sit Malone for a game or two. It is very unfortunate and I hope that Jesse has a quick recovery and back on the skates soon.

    • Anonymous

      Its nice to read an unbiased response from a non-Sioux fan. Your post is pretty much spot on. I dont think I would sit Malone though (for disciplinary reasons) unless he wasnt in the right mindset to play this weekend. I’ll assume the WCHA is reviewing video of the hit and im unsure what they will decide. I was at the game about 15 rows up from the hit and it looked like a clean hit to me. I’ve seen the video of it as well and I still dont see a major penatly from this. Had Martin got up off the ice after I bet nothing would have been called, thats where I get frustrated with the officials. Big hits are a part of hockey, it pumps your team up and it can bring the crowd back into a game. Its extremely unfortunate someone got hurt and I wish Jesse Martin all the best in his recovery.

      • Bucky Fan

        No problem. I intended to note “if his head wasn’t in it” but forgot. Go WCHA! I’m a long time college hockey fan backed to the days with John Newberry squirting Kerry Eades of UND in the face instigating a donny brook at the old Madison Coliseum. I think I was 12 or 13 back in 1981 so….I’ve seen a few WCHA games.

  • http://twitter.com/timothyboger Timothy Boger

    Pretty clear contact to head. Looked like a clean hit from the press box but replay tends to indicate a hit to the head. Certainly was not charging and certainly was not intentional. Malone doesn’t line up Martin, he doesn’t follow him all the way down the ice, and he glides into Martin, who unfortunately put his head down at the wrong time. Thought it was quite embarrassing for the refs to not call anything until they saw that Martin wasn’t moving.

    My thoughts are with Martin, you never want to see that and this sort of thing is exactly why the hockey world needs to continue getting better at CTH calls.

    Obviously as a UND homer I’m going to say this, but UND is no more physical than any of the other elite teams in the WCHA. UND was the victim of a cheap hit last year, too. It’s a fact of life that we’re more physical on this side of the country and to single out UND would be to single yourself out as a rookie college hockey fan.

  • unbiased

    The guys head was down and he was leaning forward so his head was at Malone’s elbow level. Thats different than putting your elbow up to hit somebody.

  • Mister B.

    I am a former player, from the old ECAC, so I am what you might call (old) school. Now I am a DU fan as I live out here. I watched the game, saw the hit numerous times and realized this was serious from the instant Jesse went down. But I didn’t see anything illegal. He didn’t run at Jesse. He was moving fast, but was gliding at point of contact and didn’t leave his feet and catpult himself. The ref’s obviously initially saw it that way too. To get together and say after the fact that it was a penalty just because he was injured is wrong.
    Mister B.

    • WCHAFAN

      DU player with broken neck talks to North Dakota opponent who injured him
      The Denver Post is reporting this story. Wow! The kid is lying in bed hurt and worried about the kid that checked him. This stuff really thugs at your heart strings. Classy move by Martin, lets hope he makes a speedy return.

      The Denver Post — While recovering from three fractures to his C2 vertebrae today in a Minneapolis hospital, University of Denver center Jesse Martin reached out to the player who inadvertently ended his season and possibly his career.

      According to Martin’s father, Terry Martin, Jesse called North Dakota senior Brad Malone to ease Malone’s mental anguish over his check that caused the injury midway through DU’s 3-0 victory on Saturday in Grand Forks, N.D.

      “Jesse had heard Brad was having a tough time and he wanted Brad to know he had no hard feelings,” Terry Martin said. “Jesse doesn’t think it was an illegal hit and he wanted Brad to know that.”

      This article sums up about all that people should worry about…

      • Anonymous

        Very classy move by Jesse Martin

  • guest

    you have to look at the finley one and see what wheeler was doing, they were goin after each other all game, so they both caused that fight. The gopher sioux rivalry is a big one with a lot of emotion…If you don’t like go watch another sport.

    • USAhockeyfan

      Get a clue guest. Did you actually watch the game. There is a great rivalry between the schools. But it has always been good hard hockey until this piece of garbage became the head coach in duhkota. Finley had numerous cheepshots on several Gopher players.

      • siouxisbetterthanyou

        USAhockeyfan do us real fans all a favor and change your tag to ISUCKmissamericapageantfan

  • BLLnodak

    If one leads with the shoulder, ones elbow must be down. Very simple mechanics. It is clear that Brad’s elbow was up as he finished the hit. Unsure? As you watch the clip, freeze it at the point of impact. The timing of the penalty is irrelevant. Paukovich wasn’t penalized for the hit against Robbie Bina. Yet he sat two games as a result; one by WCHA and the second by his coach.

  • HockeyFan

    Just saw the clip. I totally agree his head was down, but you have to be competely blind if you dont see an elbow to the head. i love how, on the slow motion replays, you can actually see his elbow come up as he approachs Martin. You have to be blind and an idiot (or a ND fan apparently) not to see it.

    • HockeyFan2

      HockeyFan, I totally agree with what you said. His head was down, but not only can you see an elbow come up and hit him, the NODAK player wasn’t even thinking about playing the puck. I guess when you inbreed cheap a**es, you don’t play hockey with pucks.

  • WCHAFAN

    DU player with broken neck talks to North Dakota opponent who injured him
    The Denver Post is reporting this story. Wow! The kid is lying in bed hurt and worried about the kid that checked him. This stuff really thugs at your heart strings. Classy move by Martin, lets hope he makes a speedy return.

    The Denver Post — While recovering from three fractures to his C2 vertebrae today in a Minneapolis hospital, University of Denver center Jesse Martin reached out to the player who inadvertently ended his season and possibly his career.

    According to Martin’s father, Terry Martin, Jesse called North Dakota senior Brad Malone to ease Malone’s mental anguish over his check that caused the injury midway through DU’s 3-0 victory on Saturday in Grand Forks, N.D.

    “Jesse had heard Brad was having a tough time and he wanted Brad to know he had no hard feelings,” Terry Martin said. “Jesse doesn’t think it was an illegal hit and he wanted Brad to know that.”

    This article sums up about everything..

    • Bucky Fan

      Thanks for the update WCHAFAN. Jesse shows true class and character. I can’t say with conviction that I would be able to do the same and reach out to Malone myself unless perhaps I was completely sure the hit was not intended to injure nor cheap. To me, Jesse’s actions speak volumes.

  • USAhockeyfan

    Sorry It was the North Dakota, the team of neadertals. That entire team and it’s coach is a disgrace. Every year there is at least one instance where that team has a moment like this. The WCHA doesnt have the spine to do anything about it and the NCAA doesnt give Hockey enough consideration to care. Hope the poor kid from Dener is ok and I also hope some krma comes to Malone, who is a cheap shot punk, just like the rest of the team.

    • Jgellner

      You have to love a person calling out a fanbase as neanderthals, but then that person can’t even spell neanderthal correctly.

      Nice irony, buddy.

      Also, you are right about UND being involved in moments like this. Similar to last year with Genoway being taken out by SCSU, the year before LaPoint got taken out by MSUM, earlier Bina being taken out by DU. Every team in the WCHA has unfortunate moments like this.

      • UMaineBLACKBEARS

        Actually you are WRONG, Neanderthal has an alternate spelling of NEANDERTAL, look it up buddy. I love people who run their mouths but don’t know what they are talking about because you just make yourself sound like an idiot.

        • Jgellner

          I am wrong? You do realize that he used the spelling of “neadertal”, which isn’t neanderthal or neandertal, right?

          Look it up buddy. :D
          I love people who run their mouths but don’t even bother to read through the posts that they are ripping into. :)
          Sorry that you had to make yourself look like an idiot. It happens.

      • USAhockeyfan

        Maybe you should acttually whatch. The only time a North Dakota player is taken out is in revenge for an entire game of cheap shots by the suck hole Souix. they should be forced to change their name. Native Americans should be embarrased to be linked to this team.

  • Anonymous

    I’ve watched the video over and over again. Malone leads with his left arm and hit Martin in the head with his arm, and extends the arm out as he hits him. Notice the stick is up. If it were a shoulder to shoulder check with the arms down, I don’t think the stick would be up in air. To me, clearly a charge, clearly a head check. I don’t think you break a guy’s neck with a clean shoulder to shoulder check. The fact that Martin’s head was down is irrelevant. Having your head down doesn’t mean your opponent has a free shot at your head. I think Malone should be suspended for the rest of the season.

  • bumstripes

    Maine/New Hampshire, North Dakota/South Dakota, England/Ireland, Lebanon/Israel – no real difference between them, easily confused.
    I saw reference to the “three stride” criterion for determining a charging call. I don’t think it’s still in the syllabus. Deliberately running into an opponent at high speed, no matter when or how this speed was achieved, constitutes charging.

    • Bucky Fan

      Come on bumstripes….really? You write, “Deliberately running into an opponent at high speed, no matter when or how this speed was achieved, constitutes charging.” So……… basically no checking hey? It’s the fastest team sport on the planet. Really, deliberately running into an oppenent at high speed is charging. That happens every shit multiple times! What are they supposed to do skate like the wind and tickle each other? Just a few years ago they didn’t even where masks let alone helmets and still checked. Excessive strides to take advantage of a defenseless player or leaving your feet to “catapult” your body into a player is charging period! Watch Barney or something not hockey. Wow!!!! Again, I’ve made it quite clear about how I feel for Jesse, his family, team mates, and Malone as well.

  • HockeyFan

    Thank you HockeyFan2. Its hilarious to listen to all these Suuuuu Fan’s on the defensive, as there cheap a**es should be. Thats all they know how to do. Defend their cheap style of play. Sioux Hockey… one of those things we wish we could disinvent !!!! The game of hockey would be a better place.

    • HEast

      I laugh at this…Hockey is hockey..Being from the east, I respect their fast hard-hitting in-your-face style of play that has made them one of the most successful programs college hockey has ever seen….Hockeyfan, it sounds like you’d be more of a Badminton fan…? The incident that occured saturday night was in no way cheap or Illegal..?

  • Vinny

    North Dakota’s current roster has 16 draft picks. I think they are doing something right up in North Dakota whether you like them or not.

  • northdasotan

    To listen to all the b.s here just sickens me. Martin called Malone to let him know Martin did not think it was an ILLEGAL hit. People are commenting on how high the stick was or where the elbow was after the replay. Just like in any sport or profession you are not taught to hit the wall but to go through the wall. You are not taught to punch somebody and retreat but punch through what you are hitting. Malone did NOTHING wrong, he finished his check. It was a clean hit and VERY unfortunate for Martin. Malone feels bad for the outcome of the incident and the DU Pioneers are without an EXCELLENT player/team mate. Martins family are in complete disarray and we are reading trolls talking smack just because they love their team or dislike the Sioux. For the trolls, stop the BS. For the fans, pray for Martin for a full recovery.

  • Weatherpunk62

    I would just like to add that I was at the game you provide as your first example and the Gophers were cheap shotting as much as the Sioux were that night. The fans in Minneapolis were far from classy as well and if I remember right they were throwing trash onto the rink at the Sioux players.

  • SIouxisbetterthanyou

    LOL @ all the skirt wearing ballet fans who want the boys to play girls hockey. Count the rings baby, We know your jealous but please, gt a life.

  • DOT Line

    1) Get better soon, Martin. My prayers are with you.
    2) Lay-off Malone, people. The kid feels bad enough, and he has made amends with Martin. Two grown-up men resolving a conflict; I’d be proud to have either one on my team. That’s true sportsmanship, and yes it came from a UND player.
    3) Here is a reason why people don’t like the Sioux… most have come from a Canadian club system (not the reason). The game of hockey is played and taught WAY differently than in the States. I am not defending every bad penalty or hit a sioux player has given over the years, but I am bringing attention to the reason WHY UND hockey is more aggressive. There are different ways to play the game, and I encourage everyone to keep an open mind here… Take for instance U of MN, BC, etc., these are finesse based teams. They rely on puck movement over the body. Teams like UND rely on the body, knock the player off the puck, wear them down, and in the process pump-up your team. This is taught in Canada which is UND’s game type. Sometimes hits are more vicious and need to be called upon, like this. Sioux players either forget, don’t know, or don’t care that the NCAA rules and their enforcement is a lot more strict than in Canadian juniors.

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