If the NHL put out a sportsmanship award within the playoffs, Winnipeg Jets ahead Nikolaj Ehlers could be the unanimous winner.
After Montreal Canadiens ahead Jake Evans was levelled by the Jets’ Mark Scheifele in Wednesday evening’s Recreation 1, Ehlers wasn’t seeking to get entangled within the huge scrum simply inches away from Evans.
As a substitute, Ehlers used his body to guard the injured Evans from the chaos ensuing subsequent to him, as Evans seemed to be unconscious on the ice.
“I got here again and noticed he wasn’t trying good,” Ehlers mentioned. “I used to be simply making an attempt to maintain everybody away from him.”
Hockey followers from across the league had been fast to point out respect for Ehlers’ actions that confirmed respect for a fellow participant with out worrying about what jersey he was carrying:
No arguing that was a unclean hit by Scheifele, however simply wished to present credit score to Ehlers for being the one one seemingly conscious of the state of affairs and making an attempt to stop anybody from falling on Evans within the ensuing scrum and making an attempt to make everybody conscious of how severe it was. pic.twitter.com/P7WnF7bHrb
— Kevin Lee (@BringBackLee) June 3, 2021
Ehlers utterly ignoring the scrum to protect Evans is pure class https://t.co/quBLfyeRs2
— Cody Severtson (@CodySevertson) June 3, 2021
Ehlers ❤️ pic.twitter.com/MEoNRP6gds
— Marco D’Amico (@thehockeyexpert) June 3, 2021
i’ve a lot respect for nik ehlers proper now. that’s good sportsmanship proper there. pic.twitter.com/BC4HwaQGGQ
— ✿ ava ✿ (@goaIcaufield) June 3, 2021
so glad persons are recognising ehlers sportsmanship. its time we stopped giving such a stage to soiled gamers and confirmed (youngsters particularly) the place competitors ends and humanity begins
— scoobert doobert (@brockbowser) June 3, 2021
My respect for Schiefele 📉
My respect for Ehlers 📈
— Jo 🌐 (@ffsDrouin) June 3, 2021
— TtheM (@schnitzelking55) June 3, 2021
Information on Scheifele’s seemingly suspension can be introduced later right now after a listening to with the Division of NHL Participant Security.