Noel Acciari explains why it was so important to honour hockey's code, despite his recent injury

Published March 23, 2023 at 2:20 PM
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On Tuesday night the Toronto Maple Leafs displayed one of their most lack luster performances of the season in a 7-2 murking at the hands of the New York Islanders.

With 1:12 to go in the first period, Nelson left the ice and did not return following a questionable hit from behind by Toronto Maple Leafs forward Noel Acciari.

It was an unfortunate play, Nelson was chaning directions at the time Acciari committed to the hit, forcing the Maple Leaf player to hit Nelson right between the numbers.




Acciari was not penalized on the play but did drop the gloves with Islanders forward Matt Martin in the third period, a fight that the officials broke up rather quickly.


Acciari was asked how Martin handled the situation:


"He was asking me if I wanted to answer [for Nelson hit] & in the back of my head I'm literally just coming back from a little head thing so I wanted to be careful. But, at the same time, I wanted to answer. It's part of the game."

Kudos to both players on how this situation was handled. Martin stood up for his injured teammate and let up when he knew he clearly had the upper hand in the fight. Credit to Acciari for accepting the challenge and taking his beating with some pride.

Acciari's heart, and tenacity has been on full display since being acquired in a blockbuster with the St. Louis Blues. As a Leaf fan I am hoping management can lock him up to a long-term deal this summer.
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March 23   |   205 answers
Noel Acciari explains why it was so important to honour hockey's code, despite his recent injury

Do you like how the players involved handled the situation?

Yes, both answered the bell Kudos16982.4 %
No, there was no need for Martin to challenge3617.6 %
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