Calgary Flames defenseman Dennis Wideman has been suspended indefinitely pending a hearing with NHL Hockey Operations for cross-checking linesman Don Henderson on Wednesday night. (Video)
TSN’s Darren Dreger reported that the NHL opted to him and arrange for a hearing before determining a final sentence:
Indefinite suspension for Wideman pending post All Star hearing.
— Darren Dreger (@DarrenDreger) January 28, 2016
The league will meet with Wideman on Tuesday, Feb. 2.
The NHL has some discretion under its official rulebook, but it is important to note that Wideman was not penalized for the hit although he should have been given a game misconduct under Rule 40.1. The rule states that “any player who deliberately applies physical force in any manner against an official” should be tossed from the game. It also provides three categories of discipline in such cases:
Category I: force applied with intent to injure: minimum 20-game suspension
Category II: force applied without intent to injure: minimum 10-game suspension
Category III: physically demeaning or threatening an official, or deliberately applying force immediately after an altercation: minimum three-game suspension
It will be interesting to see what the league’s director of hockey operations, Colin Campbell, decides.