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Canucks’ Hansen suspended one game for Hossa hit

Feb 20, 2013, 7:27 PM EDT

Vancouver Canucks forward Jannik Hansen has been suspended one game for his hit to the head of Chicago’s Marian Hossa on Tuesday night.

Here’s the video explanation from NHL discipline czar Brendan Shanahan:

Based on his average annual salary, Hansen will forfeit $7,297.30 to the Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund.

As mentioned in the video, this is Hansen’s first time dealing with supplemental discipline from the league. He’s never been fined nor suspended during his six-year NHL career, which played a factor in Shanahan’s decision.

That said, the suspension will still likely draw the ire of Canucks management.

Vancouver head coach Alain Vigneault was reportedly upset after participating in the conference call with NHL discipline czar Brendan Shanahan.

“I don’t even know why we had the call,” Vigneault told the Vancouver Sun.

When asked if he expressed to Shanahan he felt the hearing was unnecessary, Vigneault replied “very clearly, very clearly.”

As for Hossa’s health, the ‘Hawks were tight-lipped on Wednesday. The only semblance of an update was from head coach Joel Quenneville, who said Hossa “seemed OK” following the game.

  1. 604YVR - Feb 20, 2013 at 7:30 PM

    1 too many.

    • rarelyshaves - Feb 20, 2013 at 7:58 PM

      and once again the canucks, their fans, and mostly Alain vingeault do everything in thir power to remain the least respected and most hated nhl franchise.

      congrats gentlemen, you’ve turned it into an art form

      • loinstache - Feb 20, 2013 at 8:03 PM


  2. indianhead1992 - Feb 20, 2013 at 7:30 PM

    Once again the Canucks get a break on suspensions/fines. NHL will do anything to protect those clowns

    • 604YVR - Feb 20, 2013 at 7:31 PM

      And the whinehawks fans come out

    • loinstache - Feb 20, 2013 at 7:54 PM

      You’ve got to be F’ing joking right? First the Canucks are hated by everyone including the reffs and they get what’s coming, and then next thing you know their the league’s pets (LOL as if by the way, way to show you haven’t been following hockey the past few years)? You haters need to keep your narrative straight, it’s making you look bad

    • loinstache - Feb 20, 2013 at 7:56 PM

      Also if that’s your birth year in your handle that really does help explain the quality if your posts

    • vanindeed - Feb 20, 2013 at 9:33 PM

      You’re right. Hansen is the Danish Matt Cooke. SOMETHING MUST BE DONE!

  3. indianhead1992 - Feb 20, 2013 at 7:33 PM

    And the Vancouver fans riot and destroy their city because Luongo chokes in the playoffs. Stay classy Vancouver

    • r4n6er - Feb 20, 2013 at 7:45 PM

      And the Chicago fans continue to live in the murder capital of the USA!!

      • indianhead1992 - Feb 20, 2013 at 7:49 PM

        Those are bulls fans… I don’t think people in the ghetto watch hockey. Nice try though. Your fans burned cars and broke into stores because you lost game 7 at home. And your team tied with penguins for most hated team in the NHL.

      • chicagobtech - Feb 20, 2013 at 8:39 PM

        FBI’s numbers for 2012 are not complete, so we’ll use 2011. While Chicago did make the top ten list, New York City sits at the top spot by almost a hundred more.

        What’s your point? That it’s a rough city in places? Congrats, you win today’s prize for being the most observent. You get one Internet, it will be delivered within 4-6 weeks.

      • noisetheorem - Feb 20, 2013 at 10:48 PM

        Well if you Canuck fans would stop coming here we might keep that number down.

      • winstonnilesroomford - Feb 20, 2013 at 10:51 PM

        Right , it’s only in the ghettos that there is murders. And where do these ghettos come from? What you say a country built it’s empire on 400 years of racist slavery and consistently impoverished and degraded an entire race which makes up a huge percentage of this country and then armed everybody, and you say this leads to violence? Naw, how? It must be those damn ghettos, it’s their problem. Illinois is the most corrupt state in the union. It’s famous for it. Chicago had 500 murders last year and the problem is getting worse. 500!!!! Kind of puts a stupid sports riot in perspective. I like the USA, I really do. But I sure am glad I’m not American. Stay classy Chicago!

    • 604YVR - Feb 20, 2013 at 7:48 PM

      Stay classy Chicago

      • rarelyshaves - Feb 20, 2013 at 8:15 PM

        yeah that’s a multimillion damage claim right there right?

        some day you’ll know what we felt that glorious night.

        right after your team gets shipped to Seattle :)

      • ikillchicken - Feb 20, 2013 at 9:58 PM

        Because as we all know, rioting is okay if its just a little bit of rioting. So long as you keep it under a million in damages it’s no biggie.

        And seriously…Vancouver is going to lose it’s franchise to Seattle? Just how stupid are you? Vancouver is the seventh most valuable franchise in the league behind only the original six. And they boast the league’s longest consecutive sellout streak. And they have the fifth highest average ticket price.

        This is precisely why I don’t take Hawks fans seriously. Comments like this belie just how desperate they are to find criticisms to throw at Vancouver and how they won’t let anything, including facts, stop them.

      • noisetheorem - Feb 20, 2013 at 10:47 PM

        Instead of comparing riots lets compare something related to the game. Lets count cup banners. Oh whats that you say? Vancouver doesn’t have any? Too bad. Better go burn down the city center.

      • rarelyshaves - Feb 21, 2013 at 12:12 PM

        @ikillchicken the fact that you took that as a legitimate assertion speaks volumes about your ability to engage in some friendly banter.

        stay mad though. we’re all whistling pleasantly in chitown

    • r4n6er - Feb 20, 2013 at 7:50 PM

      You mean there are different Chicago’s that are tied for murdering each other?

    • 604YVR - Feb 20, 2013 at 7:51 PM

      Hmmmm… Bulls fans always wear Hawks jerseys?

  4. tbeilfuss - Feb 20, 2013 at 7:34 PM

    hopefully this sets the precedent for any hits to the head of any kind regardless of intent.

  5. ineedmorehossa - Feb 20, 2013 at 7:35 PM

    I need more Hossa

  6. Stiller43 - Feb 20, 2013 at 7:40 PM

    Just saw the hit today…i think he didnt go into the situation meaning to give him a head shot, but rather trying to catch the puck (like hossa) and when hossa was right on him, he kinda instictively hit him…unfortunately his arm was high because thats where the puck was coming…

    That being said, i think 1 game is appropriate

  7. scottybcboy - Feb 20, 2013 at 7:47 PM

    Great explanation Shanny! Don’t always agree with you but certainly do in this instance.

  8. sjtorpitt - Feb 20, 2013 at 7:47 PM

    @602YVR. Who’s your team?

    • wingsdjy - Feb 21, 2013 at 1:00 PM

      602 = Phoenix

  9. elvispocomo - Feb 20, 2013 at 7:49 PM

    @MattBarnaby3636: Hansen suspension is “ok u really didn’t do anything wrong ,but Hossa got hurt”.

    • elvispocomo - Feb 20, 2013 at 7:52 PM

      I should say, I expected a fine because it was a bad play resulting in injury, but 1 game isn’t far off that.

  10. blackhawks1982 - Feb 20, 2013 at 8:03 PM

    Now Canuck fans have resorted to calling chicago the worst crime riddled city with the highest murder rate! Hahahahahaha…………..oh no! They didn’t!

  11. blackhawks1982 - Feb 20, 2013 at 8:05 PM

    Ain’t nobody got time for that!!

  12. mucktuck - Feb 20, 2013 at 8:31 PM

    I thought it would have been a max fine…one game it is. Any word on Hossa?

  13. cfos00 - Feb 20, 2013 at 8:36 PM

    I’m sorry, but one game is a joke even if you’re just looking at opportunity cost. Basically, there’s no incentive whatsoever to not do this to another team’s top player if that’s all you’re going to do. The cheap shot (sorry, there’s no way that a professional athlete has so much control over his body except for those few seconds while basically standing still) cost his team 2 minutes and a lesser player sitting out the next game. In exchange, they get to take out of the top players in the league for the rest of the game and possibly more. That’s extremely dirty, but logically a move most teams would make. This isn’t a suspension with any teeth at all.

    And for the Cannucks fans pointing at the Keith hit and calling it dirty, you’re right. It was. There was also a multi-game suspension behind it pulling a top defender in the league off the ice. That’s at least something of a real incentive not to pull this crap again. One game doesn’t cut it. It’s a joke.

  14. mds1990 - Feb 20, 2013 at 8:39 PM

    I don’t understand why the explanation above cannot be accepted by Canucks fans. It’s clear he drove the elbow into Hossa’s head. I’m a Bruins fan and I can admit when guys on our team deserve to be suspended (i.e. Marchand last year after going low in the Canucks-Bruins brawl game). God forbid people question the righteousness of the Canucks, their fans start attacking the city of the opposing team. Maybe that irrationality is what made them trash their own city after the B’s whooped them in the Cup. Also I find it pretty amusing Canucks fans complain about Hansen getting 1 game this early in the season and they choose to ignore how Burrows was NOT suspended at all for BITING Bergeron.

    • salmon90 - Feb 20, 2013 at 9:51 PM

      It has been accepted by a lot of Canuck fans. There’s a lot of us. Some hate the ruling. Some are a bit on the fence. Others think a game is good. Even some think it’s not enough. Guess what? We didn’t all riot either. Just like I don’t think all of you Bruins fans are racist – remember the Simmonds incident? Move on big guy.

      • noisetheorem - Feb 20, 2013 at 10:53 PM

        He has one incentive: He now has one suspension on his record. Next time he does this, he will have a ‘history of secondary discipline’ on his record.

        I was hoping for 2 games, but Ill take that, the two points from last night and a place in the record books for the best start (one more!)

  15. blackhawks1982 - Feb 20, 2013 at 8:48 PM

    @mds1990 Because idiotic Canuck fans are oblivious to their team being the dirtiest in the league!

  16. jimeejohnson - Feb 20, 2013 at 9:15 PM

    Have a feeling the educational levels of both teams’ fans is fairly high. Chicago and Vancouver are world class.

    • chicagobtech - Feb 20, 2013 at 10:41 PM

      As somebody who works in one of the city, and vacationed in the other, I have to agree. As stupid as some of the Canucks fans around here sound, I know that they are nowhere near the majority of the fanbase, nor do they represent the average fan.

  17. canadabaseball - Feb 20, 2013 at 10:08 PM

    Same hawks fans who are saying that Keith’s hit was clean on sedin. #joke

    • 604YVR - Feb 20, 2013 at 11:02 PM

      They don’t understand the game south of the border.

    • comeonnowguys - Feb 21, 2013 at 8:51 AM

      Yeah, um there were a lot of things said by Hawk fans about the hit. That it was clean was not one of them. Nice try. Here’s a hankey.

  18. woodstakes - Feb 21, 2013 at 1:24 AM

    To me the hit would have probably only garnered a fine if the hit was to his chin/face… but the fact that it was to the back of the head is what probably pushed Shanny into a suspension. Its a one game suspension (big deal, EVEN in a shortened season it’s no big deal/only thing that gets hurt here is Hansens checking account) but more importantly it sets a precedent that hits from behind ESPECIALLY to the head are going to get you suspended. PERIOD!!

    Oh and I’m a Wild fan so yeah, I guess you can call me bias but I’m truly trying not to be. Looking at the fact that it was Canucks and the hit was on a star player (Hossa) should have NO BEARING on the facts. I do believe he didn’t intend to injure, he just caught in a bad position and it happened. Its really no different than the guy getting his stick lifted by a defensmen and this stick hits one of the defensemens teammates in the face and the guy whose stick was lifted gets the penalty. You have to be responsible for your stick, in this case you have to take responsibility for your elbow/forearm when your are going for a puck and a guys back is turned to you.

  19. kaptaanamerica - Feb 21, 2013 at 2:13 AM

    they had better make sure anyone hitting anyone in the head gets a game from now on in otherwise this is total bull shiite. it was a reckless play but the NHL doesn’t have rules against reckless but with this ruling they’ve created a new precedent.

  20. jbell33139 - Feb 21, 2013 at 5:10 AM

    That it was SOOOO fkn blatant!

  21. jpat2424 - Feb 21, 2013 at 8:32 AM

    At least Hansen didn’t try and pull his hair after the elbow to the head

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