Komets forward Chris Auger may have been hit low, but he's trying to take the high road when it comes to Evansville's Aaron Gens.
"I'm not going to cry wolf and say there needs to be a suspension," Auger said, after learning he would miss the rest of the season because of knee injuries suffered on a hit from Gens on Saturday night.
"I've read the rules. I've watched the hit. It is a gray area. You can call it one way or you can call it the other. There's just no way you can prepare yourself to be hit so low and you have no chance to defend yourself in that position."
No penalty was called on the hit that completely tore Auger's ACL, tore his meniscus and strained his MCL, though it was awfully close to clipping.
The ECHL's vice-president of hockey operations, Joe Ernst, attended the game -- the Komets won 4-3 in an overtime shootout -- though no further discipline has been announced.
Auger's teammates thought it was a dirty hit; Colten Hayes immediately rushed in to fight Gens.
For Auger, 24, who had 28 goals and 59 points in 57 games last season, it's more a matter of sportsmanship.
Those hits may have been commonplace 30 years ago. Today? Not so much.
"It can be deemed a legal hit," Auger said. "I'm normally very cautious and aware of where people are on the ice. And I knew, in that position, I was going to be hit. But I didn't prepare to be hit so low. I took the whole entire impact on my knee and I don't know if I could defend that anywhere on the ice, if somebody catches me on the side of the knee. It's one of those unfortunate things.
"It's disappointing that hits like that are still around. I thought that there was almost a mutual respect toward players, like with head shots, that you just don't do because there's (such) a risk of injury. I was OK with it not being a penalty … but obviously my teammates thought it was a bad, low hit."