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Dallas’ Benn to have disciplinary hearing after cross checking Jones

Mar 1, 2013, 4:26 PM EDT

Dallas Stars forward Jamie Benn will have a disciplinary hearing on Saturday to review his cross check on Edmonton’s Ryan Jones from Thursday night, according to TSN’s Bob McKenzie.

UPDATE: According to CBC’s Elliotte Friedman it will be a fine hearing, meaning Benn’s in line to be dinged for $5,000 or more.

The incident occurred with four minutes remaining in the third period, with the Oilers comfortably ahead 5-1. Benn was given a major for cross checking and a game misconduct when he decked Jones from behind near the Stars bench:

Jones had previously bumped Stars goalie Kari Lehtonen while driving to the net.

After the game, Stars head coach Glen Gulutzan said he figured the cross check would be reviewed by NHL discipline czar Brendan Shanahan.

“I’m sure they’re going to look at it,” he told NHL.com. “They look at any fives.

“It’s not a suspendable offense in my mind. Not a high hit or a head hit.”

  1. nunan - Mar 1, 2013 at 5:11 PM

    Shouldn’t be a suspendable offense. This is what worries me – coaches, players, and fans getting in the habit of calling for a league review of every incident. Just because there is an incident after a play or someone gets hurt after getting hit does not mean it is a suspendable offense or that someone needs to be punished. The league reviews started because of the dirty hits to the head. There were too many concussions. Going completely overboard now.

    • killerpgh - Mar 1, 2013 at 5:29 PM

      I agree, but just because there is a hearing doesn’t mean a fire or suspension will come from it. max pacioretty had a hearing last week and got no fine/suspension.

  2. sabatimus - Mar 1, 2013 at 6:17 PM

    Was Jones hurt? I disagree that that should be criteria for a suspension or fine, but Shanahan does use that as a factor. Me, I think a hearing for this is utterly ridiculous. Yes it was a blind, cowardly, and total jerk move by Benn. But it wasn’t a head shot, or a high hit, and I think that no one can argue intent to injure here with a straight face. I’d have given him 4:00 and moved on.

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