In his “C’mon Ref” column over at TSN, former NHL referee Kerry Fraser looks at evidence and how it applies to high-sticking:

Hi Kerry,

Early in the second period of Monday’s game between Los Angeles and Vancouver, Kings player Jake Muzzin hit Canuck Daniel Sedin with a high stick, knocking a tooth out. Sedin clearly showed the tooth to the referees, yet Muzzin received only a two-minute minor. Why was this not a double minor?

Shaun from Vancouver


Based on the physical evidence presented by Daniel Sedin to Referee Steve Kozari and the calm and accepting demeanor coach John Tortorella demonstrated in the explanation that followed, it’s most obvious that a replacement crown became unglued as a result of the high stick committed by Jake Muzzin. The solid cap Daniel pulled out of his mouth does not constitute an injury.

For the complete story, as well as how Matthew Barnaby pulled a fast one on Fraser, head over to