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Winchester will have NHL hearing for elbowing Kelly

Nov 8, 2013, 9:01 AM EDT

The Florida Panthers’ Jesse Winchester delivered an elbow to the head of Boston’s Chris Kelly in the first period of Thursday’s game. The Panthers forward didn’t receive a penalty for his actions, but he might not escape punishment entirely.

The NHL has scheduled a phone hearing with Winchester, according to Sportsnet’s John Shannon.

If you missed the incident, you can view it below:

Gregory Campbell fought Winchester on his next shift in defense of Kelly. Afterwards, Kelly called Winchester one of the NHL’s nicest guys, although he was still grateful for what Campbell did, reports the Boston Globe’s Fluto Shinzawa.

Kelly was able to log 16:11 minutes and registered an assist in Boston’s 4-1 win. Winchester accounted for the Panthers’ only goal.

  1. Anoesis - Nov 8, 2013 at 9:14 AM

    Pretty obvious, even from the initial wide-angle view. There’ve been a lot of these lately: No penalty called, but follow-up discipline. The NHL should be more concerned about the lack of consistency with refs on the ice than the inconsistency of follow-up discipline off of it. Actually both could be vastly improved.

    • hockey412 - Nov 8, 2013 at 9:20 AM

      I agree..didn’t Chara just do something similar to this with no review at all? Needs improved.

      • matt14gg - Nov 8, 2013 at 12:32 PM

        Completely different play.

      • sabatimus - Nov 8, 2013 at 1:07 PM

        No, actually.

      • hairpie2 - Nov 8, 2013 at 1:42 PM

        No he didnt.

  2. 7mantel - Nov 8, 2013 at 9:35 AM

    Are there more head shots or is the media reporting it more !

  3. dboldave - Nov 8, 2013 at 9:51 AM

    The refs were terrible last night and looking back, I am not surprised that this wasn’t called. I am pretty sure this will lead to a suspension but nothing major. Winchester isn’t a dirty player but this is exactly what they are looking to clean up.

  4. muckleflugga - Nov 8, 2013 at 9:56 AM

    maybe jesse should bring in the coaching staff for moral support during the call…

    oh wait…?

  5. elvispocomo - Nov 8, 2013 at 12:28 PM

    Yup, definitely a suspendable elbow. He might have been thinking of hitting him then pushing off with the forearm but he wasn’t even close to that from a timing perspective. He’ll get a few games.

  6. hairpie2 - Nov 8, 2013 at 1:43 PM

    Late, elbow to the head and leaving his feet. 5 games.

  7. crusty14 - Nov 8, 2013 at 3:13 PM

    He didn’t leave his feet, bad elbow though, a couple games at most, and I’m a bruins fan

    • sabatimus - Nov 8, 2013 at 3:37 PM

      What? This was the most obvious leaving-the-feet I’ve ever seen.

    • hairpie2 - Nov 8, 2013 at 3:39 PM

      Ummmm…. check the vid. stop at :27 and tell me what items are 6+ inches off the ice. i bet you’re gonna say “skates.”

  8. matt14gg - Nov 8, 2013 at 4:08 PM

    Interesting comment from Chris Kelly:

    “I know Jesse Winchester. We played together and he’s probably one of the nicest guys in hockey, so I’m sure it wasn’t intentional,” said Kelly. “That being said, it was awesome that Soup [Gregory Campbell] steps up for me and goes out there and takes care of business.”

    So it doesn’t appear this hit was a personal thing. In a strange way it’s more disturbing knowing that this was a friend hitting a friend. What it suggests is a culture of guys going around, completely unaware of their surroundings and just hitting guys in the head. I am pro-fighting, and honestly I believe the uptick in head shots has a lot to do with the instigator rule. It seems to have given guys a free pass for these kinds of hits. They get addressed occasionally, tho not always, but it does allow players to take liberties and not have to worry about real retribution, without severe penalties for the player providing the payback.

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