It's not just the check that's horrific to watch, but how Treille skates to the bench like he dutifully completed his work and sits like he's awaiting the next tap on the shoulder to head back out onto the ice.
Completely crushes Starchenko's head and neck with his elbow and shoulder, left turn, take a seat on the bench and wait for the coach to tap him on the shoulder. Job well done by Treille's account.
Some will argue that what Treille did was a "pure hockey play". That Starchenko has to have his head up while he's in the open ice, and that Treille "caught him" with a good check. If you believe that, good for you. You're welcome to your opinion on this check, but I'll continue to tell you that you're wrong.
The tale of the tape shows that Treille stands in at 6'5" tall as compared to the 5'9" Starchenko. Treille's shoulder and elbow are entirely at the height that Starchenko stands, so this is exactly similar to the Chris Pronger-Dean McAmmond situation from the 2007 Stanley Cup Playoffs. If we review that hit, here's what happened.
Pronger's elbow connects square with McAmmond's head because of the height difference. All Pronger had to do was extend his bent arm outwards, and it was at the same height as the upright McAmmond. Pronger was suspended for throwing his elbow into McAmmond's face, and I suspect that Treille will get the same treatment.
If you need more evidence, check out how the neck of Starchenko compresses and bends during the hit. It lasts for all of a split second, but it's enough to inflict serious damage on Starchenko. He ended up being unconscious on the ice, and, from all accounts, it appears his tournament may be over with a concussion. If he was not concussed on that play, it's a minor miracle.
What sickens me is that Treille peeled off his man down the wing to catch an unsuspecting Starchenko with the massive hit. That's not a good hockey hit when you blindside a guy who was receiving the puck. Starchenko sees him coming at the last second and attempts to brace himself by making himself more compact, but his reaction is far too late as Treille is already upon him. Not only can he not brace for the hit, but I'm guessing the check to the head dazed him enough that the fall was just as or even more traumatic as his face, thankfully protected by a visor, bounces off the ice. While his face would survive the impact, his brain was probably pinballing around in his skull - exactly how a vast number of concussions are thought to occur.
If I were French, I would say that hit was "dégueulasse".
As for Treille, suspend him for the next couple of games. Heck, give him an early ticket home by ending his tournament. Treille had a goal and an assist in his two appearance in the tournament, and certainly appeared to be one of France's better players. His services, if I were on the IIHF disciplinary committee, would not be needed for the rest of the tournament. Sorry, France, but that kind of barbaric hit isn't needed at the World Championship, in the Swedish Second Division, or in any local beer league.
Throw the book at him, IIHF. Show that your organization is deeply committed to the safety of the players more than you are committed to the entertainment. A France-Kazakhstan game isn't the most exciting game to begin with, but endangering players' lives is not entertainment.
Quite frankly, it's disgusting.
Until next time, keep your sticks on the ice!