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Westgarth faces hearing after ‘disrespectful’ hit

Nov 25, 2013, 2:30 PM EDT

The NHL has announced that Carolina tough guy Kevin Westgarth will face a disciplinary hearing for boarding Ottawa’s Mark Borowiecki during Sunday’s 4-1 win.

Here’s the play in question:

Westgarth received a boarding minor on the hit, one that forced Borowiecki from the contest for good (his injury has since been classified as a strained neck.)

Following the game, Sens coach Paul MacLean called the hit a “disrespectful play,” adding that Westgarth “should feel shame.”

Westgarth has no history of supplemental discipline from the league, having never been fined nor suspended during his five-year, 129-game career. According to TSN’s Bob McKenzie, Westgarth’s disciplinary hearing will occur on Tuesday morning, and be conducted over the telephone.

  1. elvispocomo - Nov 25, 2013 at 2:59 PM

    Yup, bad hit on a player in a bad spot after falling down. Still would have also liked to see a hearing on the Cowan elbow, but this being a hearing is a good call.

    • deeboy - Nov 25, 2013 at 4:25 PM

      It was a terrible hit. I could actually believe the excuse that he couldn’t get out of the way because of his *ahem* skating ability (or lack thereof). There is a reason he’s know to Canes fans as “The Pylon”. His skating reminds me of Happy Gilmore.

      Actually if Shanahan wanted to really hurt the Canes, they would force the team to play him 10+ minutes a game rather than keeping him off the ice. If he’s not punching, he’s tripping over his own feet.

      He deserves a suspension, no doubt.

      • ibieiniid - Nov 25, 2013 at 4:50 PM

        bad skaters deserve suspensions…. is what I gathered from your post.

  2. kingcobraman - Nov 25, 2013 at 3:11 PM

    anther clown who should be in the circus not the NHL …

    • ibieiniid - Nov 25, 2013 at 4:15 PM

      he graduated from Princeton. lol…. circus…. rich humor kingcobraman, rich.

  3. storminator16 - Nov 25, 2013 at 3:37 PM

    Its hard to tell really what he was thinking there. If nothing comes from this, I wouldn’t be surprised. Westgarth is a horrible skater; I half believe he was trying to adjust to the fact he saw the player getting up. You can tell he was initially going for the puck. He isn’t a dirty player.

    • storminator16 - Nov 25, 2013 at 3:56 PM

      “Horrible skater” by NHL standards, I meant to say.

    • ibieiniid - Nov 25, 2013 at 4:19 PM

      yeah i think he was just trying to keep the guy on the ice by running his legs into him, but the guy was getting up quicker than Westgarth thought, and caught him off balance. that doesn’t excuse the hit, but he surely shouldn’t get more than a fine or a game. there was no intent to injure. I hate when people label fighters as goons automatically and don’t give them a chance (Ref: John Scott’s hit on Eriksson [that's who it was, right?], which I personally think was suspendable).

  4. caniac4ever - Nov 25, 2013 at 9:42 PM

    He actually had some solid shifts after the penalty, and even a scoring chance. Bottom line, it was a dumb play and it shouldn’t be a suspension.

  5. winger58 - Nov 26, 2013 at 12:57 AM

    Guy is down on the ice and trying to get up with his back to you by the boards. You pull away (period). That’s just a stupid play and should get him 10 games. But what’s the story with Ottawa? No one sticks up for their guy? Man, I thought only the Sabres were that lame.

  6. leninthebuff - Nov 26, 2013 at 7:45 AM

    First time offender…7 games as was given to Scott. Enforcer rep gets the extra 2 games. IMO 5 games would be the right suspension.

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