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No disciplinary hearing for Hanzal after Benn hit

Mar 11, 2013, 2:11 PM EDT

Phoenix Coyotes forward Martin Hanzal won’t face a supplemental discipline hearing from the NHL for his hit on Jamie Benn during Saturday’s 2-1 win, according to RDS’ Renaud Lavoie.

Hanzal nailed Benn in the waning moments of the game, but wasn’t penalized:

Benn, meanwhile, left the game and didn’t return. He’s currently listed as questionable for Tuesday’s game against Nashville with a wrist injury, though Benn said the injury occurred prior to getting hit.

Regardless, Stars head coach Glen Gulutzan expressed his displeasure with Hanzal’s check.

“I thought it was late,” he told Dallas Stars’ Inside Edge. “But that’s not for me to decide.”

Of note, Hanzal would be classified as a repeat offender under the NHL’s disciplinary guidelines. During last year’s playoffs, he was suspended one game for boarding Los Angeles Kings captain Dustin Brown during the Western Conference finals.

  1. travishenryskid - Mar 11, 2013 at 2:52 PM

    Shannahan once again proving how much of a joke the NHL disciplinary process is. Late, high and blindsided, exactly what they are supposed to be getting rid of. If you replace Hanzal with Kaleta, that hit is 10 games and this place and the National media is going insane.

  2. einjzmolf - Mar 11, 2013 at 2:59 PM

    Yeah i’m not sure how kaleta got suspended for touching richards but hanzal leaving his feet is legal. What a ridiculous call, he better watch his back around dallas because he’s definitely gonna have a target on his back.

  3. valoisvipers - Mar 11, 2013 at 3:28 PM

    Nothing for Hazal. Who owns the Yotes? Is Shanny,s Hammer only for the other 29 teams?

    • thailer35 - Mar 11, 2013 at 6:49 PM

      Aren’t you forgetting the unprecidented 25 game suspension he handed Torres? Seems his hammer worked just fine in that instance.

  4. withseidelinn - Mar 11, 2013 at 3:45 PM

    This is not even close to illegal.

  5. thecheeman - Mar 11, 2013 at 3:47 PM

    solid hit. Benn’s head is down and Hanzal makes no noticeable attempt to put his arm or shoulder into Benn’s face.

  6. sjsharks66 - Mar 11, 2013 at 4:04 PM

    Clean hit, keep your head up benn. Height differences do not mean a dirty hit if there is incidental head contact.

  7. sporkov - Mar 12, 2013 at 2:45 PM

    See that the first few posters here are either Chicago fans still with an axe to grind (I think Torres should still be suspended) or Stars fans who needed to complain about something.

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