Criminal charges are expected to be laid against Rick Jodzio of the Calgary Cowboys as the result of his attack on Marc Tardif of the Quebec Nordiques during their WHA playoff game in Quebec City yesterday.
Tardif, the WHA’s leading scorer, was hit by Jodzio’s stick and then the Calgary player unleashed a series of punches against the semi-concious Tardif, who was taken to hospital.
Quebec coach Jean-Guy Gendron was disgusted following the Nordiques 8-4 loss to Calagary. “In 20 years of hockey, I’ve never seen the likes,” Gendron said of Jodzio’s attack on Tardif, the league’s leading goal scorer during the regular season with 71 goals.
A first period brawl erupted at 6:16 when Jodzio charged from the Calgary bench, skated about 40 feet and caught Tardif with a vicious high stick across the face. With Tardif semi-concious, Jodzio dropped his gloves and unleashed a series of punches to the head and face of the fallen Tardif.
A spokesman for the Nordiques said the team expects criminal charges will be filed against Jodzio for injuring Tardif in the incident. Jodzio was ejected from the game with a match penalty as was Quebec’s Gord Gallant.
Tardif was taken to hospital with a concussion and ordered to stay overnight. “I’ve never given the order to one of my guys to get an opposing player,” said Gendron. “He was punching Tardif when he wasn’t moving. It was an order from Joe Crozier. I’d like to see what the league does about that.”
Calgary coach Crozier, when confronted with Gendron’s charges said “if I had something to say it wouldn’t be very nice.”
Notes: It would be a little more than a concussion. The beating gave Tardif a concussion, knocked out several teeth and left him in shock with brain trauma.