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Canucks’ Kassian, Weise indeed face discipline hearings

Sep 22, 2013, 5:37 PM EDT

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Vancouver Canucks head coach John Tortorella confirmed to the Vancouver Sun’s Brad Ziemer that Zack Kassian and Dale Weise are facing discipline hearings for their respective infractions during Saturday’s preseason contest against the Edmonton Oilers.

Kassian’s high-stick on Oilers forward Sam Gagner could be quite costly for Edmonton. The 22-year-old’s errant swing sidelined Gagner indefinitely, making the Oil’s weakness down the middle that much more troublesome.

Weise, 25, delivered a questionable hit on Taylor Hall during a contest that seems pretty costly for the two rival teams.

Update: TSN’s Bob McKenzie reports that Weise’s hearing will come via telephone while Kassian’s is taking place in person, indicating that Kassian’s punishment could be more severe.

Kassian has a checkered past with suspensions, so we’ll see if that hurts his cause in particular; it doesn’t help that Gagner’s broken jaw seems pretty serious.

  1. Human Cannonball - Sep 22, 2013 at 8:43 PM

    Slow clap for whoever found the photo.

    I really hope that there wasn’t intent on the part of Kassian, but it’s hard to pick out what happened in the video I’ve seen. Just chucking his stick around recklessly? I know it’s cliche, but I hope this is a wake-up call for Kassian.

  2. bikesgonewild - Sep 22, 2013 at 9:24 PM

    …i seriously love good, clean, hard hitting, skillful hockey but we get more n’ more of the type that affects players overall playing health & while i know it’s hard to ramp down emotions under playing pressure in such a tough sport, maybe some kind of awareness needs be better instilled along with hockey skills from a young age…
    …how do you teach a kid that it’s the kind of game where you can punch a guy in the mouth in a fair fight but you gotta protect the same guy’s health in other aspects of “play” ???…

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