New York Rangers forward Matt Rempe making a hit on Devils forward Nathan Bastian
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BREAKING: Rookie Ejected for massive Hit to the Head only 10 seconds In

Published February 22, 2024 at 7:36 PM
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The New York Rangers visited the New Jersey Devils tonight in what should be a heated game between two rivals. Unfortunately for one Rangers rookie, he won't be getting much ice time in the contest.

Rangers Rookie Ejected After Hit On Devils Forward



Rangers Rookie Matt Rempe, who made his NHL debut against the Islanders at the stadium series game, made a hit on Devils forward Nathan Bastian just 10 seconds into his first shift of the game. The officials game him a major and match penalty for illegal check to the head.

#NYR's Matt Rempe issued match penalty for check to the head of Nathan Bastian. Ranger forward's game ends with 0:10 TOI. #NJDevils





Fan reaction to the call was mixed, with many saying the play should not have been a match penalty. Some went so far as to say the hit was clean. Notably, Rempe is 6'8". Bastian is no small guy himself at 6'4", but he was hunched over, making himself vulnerable to the hit.

penalized for being tall hope Bastian is ok tho


Regardless, referees do not care what the fans think. Despite the call however, the Rangers lead the game 1-0 half way through the first period.
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February 22   |   213 answers
BREAKING: Rookie Ejected for massive Hit to the Head only 10 seconds In

Do you agree with this call?

Yes13965.3 %
No, should be a minor penalty4923 %
No, clean hit2511.7 %
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