Hansen Suspended One for Hit on Hossa

By Chris Kuc Tribune reporter7:01 p.m. CST, February 20, 2013

The NHL suspended Vancouver Canucks forward Jannik Hansen one game after his hit to the head of the Chicago Blackhawks’ Marian Hossa during Tuesday night’s game at the United Center.

Watch the video explanation from the NHL here.

The Hawks veteran, who suffered a severe concussion during last season’s playoffs after an illegal hit from the Coyotes’ Raffi Torres, had to be helped off the ice and did not return to the game.

In his video explaining the suspension Wednesday, NHL disciplinarian Brendan Shanahan called the hit, “an illegal forearm to the head delivered recklessly and forcibly.

“While it might be true Hansen initially reaches up to play the puck in the air, he changes the position of his arm and delivers a sharp, careless forearm to the back of Hossa’s head,” Shanahan added.

After the game, Hansen said he did not believe the hit warranted any discipline from the NHL.

“It’s out of my hands,” Hansen said. “The game is happening very fast out there. It’s up to them to look at it now. I don’t believe there is out of what I saw.

“We were both kind of jumping for the puck. He grabs the puck first and as I’m coming down I kind of land on him a little bit. Apparently, I hit him in the back of the head is what the ref was telling me once I come down. It’s hard for me to tell what really happened..”

2 comments

  • Rich

    There is only one way to eliminate the deliberate cheap shots from the game. The offending player should be suspended until the injured player is able to return. If he can't come back for a year, then the suspension should be a year. If the injured player can never return, then the suspension should be indefinite.

    In the Hossa/Hansen case, here is an elite player who could have his career ended due to the actions of an average player. A one-game suspension just doesn't cut it.

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