Screen Grabs show Stoll’s head irrefutably being the initial, AND ONLY, point of contact. Period. Head moves, and then shoulders and body follow but only after Torres is fully separated.
Screen Grab #1: Stoll’s head, hip, shoulder and arm positions are established. Torres’ knees are bent.
Screen Grab #2: Moment of impact. Torres knees are now straightened, Torres having gone from low to high. Stoll’s head, hip, shoulder and arm are as yet unmoved.
Screen Grab #3: Impact has been made. Stoll’s hip, shoulder and arm remain unmoved, unaffected. Stoll’s head is violently twisted to Stoll’s left. Torres is past Stoll’s shoulder and arm, having missed them entirely.
Screen Grab #4: Torres is skating thru the hit, and losing contact with Stoll. Stoll’s hip, shoulder and arm are still unmoved, unaffected. Stoll’s head is being forced to rotate on his neck to full range of motion.
Screen Grab #5: The force to Stoll’s head is now pulling his entire body by the neck, with his neck having reached full range of motion before the hips or shoulders were moved at all. Effectively, Stoll is being lifted by the skull while his neck is turned.
Screen Grab #6: Stoll is impacting the ice head first, the direct result of Torres illegal hit.
Note: This possible secondary injury makes the head shot so dangerous; a player with no body control, potentially already unconscious, can undergo another violent impact to the head with no ability to self-protect.