Pronger Is Menace to Others, Self

Another hit to the head, another suspension for Ducks enforcer
By Jesse Andrews,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 4, 2007 4:27 AM CDT
Pronger Is Menace to Others, Self
Anaheim Ducks defenseman Chris Pronger ponders a question during a news conference Sunday, June 3, 2007, in Ottawa, Canada. Pronger has been suspended for one game after hitting Ottawa Senators' Dean McAmmond in the head with his forearm during Game 3. The Ducks lead the Senators, 2-1, in the best-of-seven...   (Associated Press)

Chris Pronger will be suspended for Game 4 of the NHL Finals for administering a blow to the head of Ottawa winger Dean McAmmond, who may also miss Game 4 with lingering wooziness.  It is the second suspension of the playoffs for Pronger, who left Detroit's Tomas Holmstrom bloody on the ice after smashing his head into a wall.

The NHL has cracked down on violence, and Pronger feels the new rules may make him a dinosaur, saying, "I don't think I can make wholesale changes and still be the type of player I can be."  Anaheim leads the series 2-1.  Pronger is second among all defensemen in the playoffs with 14 points. (More NHL stories.)

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