Free golf for a nasty, illegal hockey hit?

Brad Marchand
Above is a screen-shot of a tweet sent out by @NorthlandsGC -- the Twitter handle of Northlands Golf Course in Vancouver, Canada -- after an elbow that resulted in a concussion for Boston Bruins forward Brad Marchand.

Series: Golf Buzz

Published: Friday, April 12, 2013 | 2:52 p.m.


Have you ever made a tasteless joke and instantly regretted it (or, if you didn't regret it, you at least realized shortly thereafter how stupid it was)?
That seems to have been the case for the people who run the Twitter handle @NorthlandsGC for Northlands Golf Course in Vancouver, Canada.
This is how it all went down:
On Tuesday evening, the NHL's New Jersey Devils were playing host to the Boston Bruins.
Bruins forward Brad Marchand, the team's top point-getter this season (and known around the league as an agitator), was on the receiving end of an elbow to the head by New Jersey's Anton Volchenkov.
Marchand immediately crumpled into a heap on the ice and reached for his head. After an examination, it was determined that Marchand suffered a concussion as a result of the blow. Volchenkov has since been suspended four games for the illegal hit.
Shortly after, Northlands Golf Course sent out a tweet that read:
“Anton Volchenkov received free golf for the rest of the year because of this.” 
Northlands Golf Course provided a link to the video of the hit, which you can see here.
Not long after the negative reaction to the tweet, Northlands removed it from its Twitter page and offered this apology:
“Apologies to those offended by our previous Tweet. It was meant to be tongue in cheek however we recognize it was done in poor taste... We wish Brad a speedy recovery.”
The Bruins defeated the Vancouver Canucks in the 2011 Stanley Cup Finals. Marchand had five goals and two assists in the seven-game series.
Obviously, some fans -- and golf courses -- in Vancouver haven't gotten over the defeat just yet.
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