After leaving the Bruins following the 2015 season, Daniel Paille has bounced around a bit. He had AHL stints with the Hartford Wolf Pack and Rockford Ice Hogs and a cup of coffee with the New York Rangers in 2016.
He found a home in Europe, however, signing with Brynas of the Swedish Hockey League. Paille had a great season for the Swedish side last year, scoring 17 goals and adding 18 assists in 65 games.
Paille is still over there now, and his Brynas side was playing Adler Mannheim of the German league in a Champions Hockey League game; Brynas was up 2-1 in the game and 5-3 on aggregate goals in the last minute of the game when Paille was the victim of a brutal, blindside hit by Thomas Larkin.
From reddit and u/TheMightySwede:
(Here’s a GIF link if you can’t see the Streamable embedded above.)
There are several things wrong with this hit:
- Paille didn’t have the puck, and didn’t really even come close to having the puck.
- Larkin hit him from the blindside, and appeared to make contact with his head.
- The game and series were both over, and this hit served no purpose aside from injuring Paille.
Paille stayed down for a while before eventually being helped off the ice by the Brynas trainers.
Per the reddit thread on the game, Mannheim’s coach was seen laughing and cursing at the enraged Brynas coach and GM. Quality stuff going on over there in Mannheim.
Apparently the problem is that some of the lesser teams take extreme liberties in tournaments like this, as they know they’re not going to win and aren’t going to face these teams again.
The CHL said that there was an investigation into the incident underway.
Here’s to a speedy recovery for Paille, who was a hard-working fan favorite while he was here.
Update (Nov. 9th): Larkin was suspended for four games, which seems pretty light.
He also offered a weak apology to Paille:
It wasn't my intention to cause an injury. I wanted to put pressure on the puck carrier behind the net. I would like to apologize to Daniel Paille and I hope he is back playing soon.— Thomas Larkin (@tlarkin27) November 9, 2017