Zegras wants to apologize to Benning for his ‘low blow’


Trevor Zegras wants to apologize to Matt Benning.

On Tuesday night, Zegras took a blow to the groin from Benning. Zegras got two minutes for cutting, but the San Jose Sharks defensemen were hot after the game.

“He’s a mic there. Yapping a bit,” Benning explained. “If he wants to play hard, I can play hard too. He went for a cheap shot. That’s how it is.”

The NHL saw it from Benning’s perspective, fining Zegras $1,500 the next day.

NHL fines Zegras: Benning upset after ‘cheap hit’

For his part, Zegras addressed the incident this morning and seemed genuinely contrite.

“I feel pretty bad about it. Obviously, I didn’t want to take it between the legs. When I watched the replay, it sucks, man. I hope to have the opportunity to say something today,” admitted the 21-year-old star. “It’s definitely worth a fine. One of those things, you fight, you fight each other the whole game, and just [got] my stick in the wrong place.

We’ll see how the San Jose Sharks react. Head coach David Quinn, who recruited Zegras for Boston University, called him “world-class talent” and a “great personality.”

Quinn, however, added that hockey as a sport is self-policing, joking not jokingly: “The great thing about our game is that everyone is held accountable.

“A good friend of mine who was a baseball coach at Trinity in San Antonio asked me a long time ago, why do you think hockey players are the best guys? He grew up in Massachusetts. He knows all kinds athletes, but he always thought the hockey guys were the best.

“I said, well, maybe there’s something about if you’re an impostor or an asshole, you get punched in the face.

“There is a level of responsibility in our sport unlike any other.

“I don’t endorse it. I’m not saying that’s how our society should handle these situations. But it’s our sport. »

It’s worth noting that the San Jose Sharks bench boss said that before the Ducks were available, so maybe Zegras’ contrition will go a long way.

“We were pretty much there for most of the game together. I saw him almost every shift. He played really well, he didn’t give me a ton. Just one of those things, in the heat of the moment,” Zegras said of the build-up to the incident with Benning. “If I could go back and do it again, I definitely wouldn’t.”

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