New England Black Wolves righty forward and the front runner for MVP, Callum Crawford has been suspended fir six games. This suspension comes after Crawford’s hit on Toronto Rock defenseman Brad Kri in the Black Wolves 13-11 win over the Rock on Sunday.
While Crawford’s intent my have not been to harm, Kri went down hard and his helmet went flying off. Crawford also left his feet to deliver the hot as well. Crawford was assessed a a major and a game misconduct penalty, and thus ejected from the game with just 5 minutes left in the fourth.
Crawford was penalized for a similar hit on January 6th, 2018 against Calgary. That hit against Calgary came when Crawford was in Buffalo before being sent to New England as part of the Shawn Evans trade.
According to the NLL rule book “Any player who is assessed a second match penalty or a second Dangerous Contact to the head penalty or combination thereof, within a two year period, shall be assessed a five game suspension.”
For reference, here are the two hits from Callum Crawford. The first one was from Jan 6th, 2018 vs. Calgary. The second is from this Sunday vs. Toronto. This could be a massive loss for the Black Wolves & it may cost Callum Crawford an MVP award #NLL #LaxFlash pic.twitter.com/ACxrrr9uu1
— Lacrosse Flash (@LacrosseFlash) February 25, 2019
The League has announced that they have upgraded the penalty to a match penalty. Because it is Crawford’s second in two seasons, the MVP front runner will be suspended for six games.
Crawford’s absence will greatly impact the Black Wolves, but they have already made moves this week in anticipation of Crawford’s suspension.