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‘Borderline criminal conduct,’ top cop says about hit on Marian Hossa

Marian Hoss(left) leaves Tuesday’s playoff game against Phoenix stretcher. Police Supt. Garry McCarthy witnessed hit Hossa. | AP Brett Roseman~Sun-Times

Marian Hossa (left) leaves Tuesday’s playoff game against Phoenix on a stretcher. Police Supt. Garry McCarthy witnessed the hit on Hossa. | AP, Brett Roseman~Sun-Times Media

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Updated: May 21, 2012 8:45AM

The Hossa Hit ...

Police Supt. Garry McCarthy witnessed the dirty hit.

◆Translation: McCarthy, Chicago’s top cop and a former jock, was stunned when he saw Blackhawks star Marian Hossa savagely attacked by Phoenix Coyotes agitator Raffi Torres Tuesday night during the first round series of the Stanley Cup playoffs at the United Center.

“It was borderline criminal conduct,” said McCarthy, who played baseball and football in high school, football in college and tackle football until four years ago.

“Hockey is a tough game that’s played rough. But you play fair. Not dirty,” added McCarthy, a huge Blackhawks fan who sat in a seat three rows behind the bench.

“I took an out-of-town friend to the game and paid dearly for those tickets. But you don’t pay to see cheap shots like that.”

“The guy [Torres] was acting insane. He was cursing the fans and pointing his stick at them. What Torres did could jeopardize two careers and two livelihoods.”

The “leaping, shoulder to face hit” from Torres immobilized Hossa, a beloved Hawks star, who was lifted onto a stretcher and taken via ambulance to Northwestern Memorial Hospital. The Coyotes then yelped to victory ... taking a 2-1 lead in the series. There is no timetable for Hossa’s return. Torres, who’s been suspended indefinitely, is expected at a league disciplinary hearing today in New York.

“Quite frankly, Mike, what happened should merit a lifetime ban from the National Hockey League.”

Amen, Garry.

Tip & Lips ...

◆Actor George Clooney’s ex, Elisabetta Canalis, has been given the heave-ho by “Jackass” star Steve-O, according to Radar Online. He made her laugh. Now he doesn’t. Should we care, anyway?

◆Actress Demi Moore, whose real name is Demi Guynes, is now out and about and ready to make some lifestyle changes since falling apart over her split with actor Ashton Kutcher. Demi is ready for a name change on her “MrsKutcher” Twitter account. Be still my tongue.

Pew Screw ...

Sneedless to say, the Vatican castigating the largest organization of Catholic nuns in the USA for promoting “feminist themes incompatible with the Catholic Faith” is nunsense! Thus spake Sneed, who was taught by nuns for three years.

Calendar dates ...

◆Hoses up & pistols poised: The the 10th Annual Battle of the Badges Boxing Event, hosted by the Chicago Police and Fire departments at De LaSalle Institute Friday night, will be attended by Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Police Supt. McCarthy and Fire Commissioner Jose Santiago. Proceeds go to police and fire charities.

◆Maggie’s memory: Five months after former first lady Maggie Daley’s death from cancer, the children from Frances Xavier Warde school — which she helped create — will march with their parents and teachers through the Loop Friday carrying 500 backpacks filled with school supplies for needy school children as part of Global Youth Day sponsored by first lady Michelle Obama.


Grab the snorkel, fins and film: State Treasurer Dan Rutherford, Mitt Romney’s top GOP man in Illinois, is a certified master scuba diver who will display his aquatic talents Sunday by diving inside the Shedd Aquarium’s Caribbean Reef exhibit to clean the acrylic tank — along with the other aquarists. Imagine. No. Maybe not.

Flatley flab?

Good grief. Flab blab: Dancer Michael “Riverdance” Flatley, 53, a former Chicagoan who made millions “Irish” dancing off 4,000 calories a performance and losing 10 pounds a night — and whose weight was monitored and legs were insured for mega-millions by the Lloyd’s of London insurers — has a tummy that is no longer taut, a fact pointed out in the London tabloids. Let’s toss him a scone anyway.

Dick’s Demise ...

All the clack clack clack over the death of broadcast baron Dick Clark and his business acumen written by writers who weren’t young when “American Bandstand” hit the tube in 1956 ... left out this piece of after-school teenage truth: It was the kids on the bandstand dance floor we focused on and who was dating Justine Carelli and if she still loved “Bobby.”

The Peacestakes ...

Bill swill: Former President Bill Clinton, who lost out in the Nobel Peace Prize sweepstakes for his Irish peacemaking efforts, hits town next week to attend the World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates. Bubba could still be in the running for his Clinton Global Initiative since leaving office.

AmBush ’em ...

Former President George W. Bush may have sounded like a yokel when he yakked, but......

◆ IQ Who? President Bush “was 60 IQ points smarter in private,” said New York Times columnist David Brooks in an upcoming Playboy mag interview. “He doesn’t want anybody to think he’s smarter than they are, so he puts on a Texas act.”

◆Brooks claims Bush “was the most fun.”... In meetings with columnists, “he would go off the record and be completely candid, charming and funny,” but they’d cut those parts out of the official transcripts. “I used to say, ‘It’s like a porn movie with the sex scenes taken out,’ because everything that was fun was gone.”

Sneedlings ...

Friday’s birthdays: Brent Seabrook, 27; Joey Lawrence, 36; Carmen Electra, 40; Don Mattingly, 51; Clint Howard, 53; Jessica Lange, 63; Ryan O’Neal, 71; George Takei, 75; Retired Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens, 92, and Veronica Cartwright, 63 ... Saturday’s birthdays: Queen Elizabeth, 86; Tony Danza, 61; Andie MacDowell, 54, and belated wishes to Mary Ann Childers, ageless.

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