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.
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..”