Brian McGrattan hasn’t yet heard from the league in regards to his hit on Andrew Alberts in last night’s game against the Vancouver Canucks.
As explained on the Flames website, McGrattan said, “it’s a shoulder-to-shoulder hit. Unfortunately, he went down but my elbow wasn’t up.” And McG is right. He’s not a dirty player, he’s one of the more respectful of the gritty players in the league, and he prides himself on the respect he shows on the ice. Luckily, McGrattan is keeping a positive, yet realistic, attitude about the scenario as he went on to say, “sometimes guys get hurt and you get kicked out of the game. It happens.”
A few Flames fans on social media feel the same way as McGrattan – the hit wasn’t dirty and there should be no discipline from the league.
Shinubi on Reddit explained, ”The McGrats penalty was bs. Most the the reffing was bs.”
The referees weren’t making the greatest of calls on the ice during the game and the worst part was that it didn’t stop after the McGrattan misconduct. There was a lack of icing calls, no calls on obvious penalties, and not enough diving calls.
@calgaryfan_455 on Twitter said, “A game misconduct? …seriously?”
As if getting tossed from the game wasn’t enough, now McGrattan has to sit on pins and needles, waiting to see if the league will take a look at this hit and possibly discipline him further.
In case you missed my game highlights from last night, here is the link to Too Many Men On The Site, where they’ve posted a video of the McGrattan hit on Alberts.
My hope is that Shanahan will see this for what it is and not for what some may want to make it out to be. It was a clean hit that went very wrong. And I sincerely hope that Andrew Alberts will be ok.