After Shudra did a soft dump of the puck from centre ice into the corner, a skating battle ensued for the puck. Just inside the blue line, Shudra recognised, or chose not to win, the skate race. At approximately the top of the face – off circle, Shudra made a choice to shift his skating pattern to his right to gain a back-side approach on his opponent into the check.From approximately the face off dot to the boards where contact occurred, Shudra had the back number of his opponent directly in front of him. This should have been a key indicator to Shudra that he has to at least minimise contact, avoid contact or pull an angle into contact. Instead, Shudra checked the opponent directly from behind, had no regard for the puck and is considered responsible for the back – side contact. Although there was no apparent injury, the possibility of injury on these types of checks is very high.
- considers a check from behind
- recklessly endangering
- no regard for the puck