Vancouver Canucks winger Jannik Hansen has been suspended for one game for his hit on Chicago forward Marian Hossa on Tuesday night. The NHL released its decision late Wednesday afternoon. Hansen will miss Thursday night's game in Dallas against the Stars (5;30 p.m., Sportsnet Pacific, Team 1040). Based on his average annual salary, Hansen will forfeit $7,297.30. That money goes to the Players' Emergency Assistance Fund. Hansen collided with Hossa in the neutral zone at 1:10 of the third period. His elbow and forearm made contact with the back of Hossa's head as both players reached into the air to bat down a puck. He received a roughing minor on the play. Hossa, who has a history with concussions, left the game and did not return. "While it might be true that 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," NHL disciplinarian Brendan Shanahan said in a video explaining his decision. "Although it's true that both players initially had their hands open as the puck approaches, Hossa maintains an open palm throughout. Hansen, on the other hand, has closed his hand and has a closed fist. He also does not extend his arm until after Hossa has made contact with the puck. "While all of this may occur at a split second, we feel that the carelessness and force of which the blow was delivered elevate the incident to the level of supplemental discipline." The Canucks had argued that the hit was a "hockey play" and coach Alain Vigneault had maintained it did not even deserve a penalty. Hansen had a phone hearing with Shanahan right after the Canucks practised early Wednesday afternoon in Dallas. Vigneault, general manager Mike Gillis, the NHLPA and Hansen's agent also participated on the conference call. Read more: http://www.vancouversun.com/sports/Canucks+Jannik+Hansen+suspended+game+head+Blackhawks+star+Marian+Hossa/7993424/story.html#ixzz2LXEDTde8
Canucks’ Jannik Hansen suspended one game for head hit on Blackhawks star Marian Hossa
POSTED: 04:14 AM PST Feb 21, 2013 UPDATED: 04:14 AM PST Feb 21, 2013
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