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Canucks’ Kassian gets ejected for boarding; will face hearing (Update)

Mar 7, 2014, 1:34 AM EDT

Update: The CBC’s Elliotte Friedman reports that Zack Kassian will face a disciplinary hearing. At this time, it’s unclear if it will be in-person or a less serious telephone hearing.


After a rocky first period against the Dallas Stars, it’s unclear if Eddie Lack will be back in the middle frame for the Vancouver Canucks. One thing’s certain, though: Zack Kassian won’t.

The rugged winger received a game misconduct and five-minute major for boarding Stars defenseman Brenden Dillon on Thursday. Kassian already was suspended for five games earlier this season thanks to that hi-sticking infraction on Edmonton Oilers forward Sam Gagner and came into the NHL with a reputation for questionable hits.

Video of the hit will be added upon availability, but here are two takes from the game in the meantime:

Not exactly ideal timing for a Canucks team that is grasping for optimism, but at least there’s time for Vancouver to turn it around.

(Of course, a pessimist might point out that there’s also plenty of time for things to get even worse.)

  1. elrock7 - Mar 6, 2014 at 9:47 PM

    have canuckleheads even scored a goal since the Olympics?

    • slysipops - Mar 7, 2014 at 8:02 PM

      i think they put one in thier own net ?

  2. einjzmolf - Mar 6, 2014 at 9:48 PM

    scum bag

  3. scottybcboy - Mar 6, 2014 at 9:57 PM

    And to think, this team was a contender not too long ago, bahaha!

  4. miketoasty - Mar 6, 2014 at 10:01 PM

    Well I guess things can get worse for the Canucks. Who would have thunk it?

  5. mrhyperpants - Mar 6, 2014 at 10:26 PM

    Canucks fans won’t be sitting down tonight, due to having sore arses.

  6. angrytwitterguy - Mar 6, 2014 at 10:30 PM

    Anything less than 10 games for what that moron did is a mistake. Disgusting hit

  7. canucks30 - Mar 6, 2014 at 10:41 PM

    Fortunately, it appears the Canucks will have a high draft pick this year.

    Unfortunately, it appears Mike Gillis will be making said pick.

    • charlieconway96 - Mar 7, 2014 at 4:49 AM

      Eh, I wouldn’t be too sure about that. It seems that people want his head more than Tortorella’s for once.

      • bigtganks - Mar 7, 2014 at 10:32 AM

        You think aquilini is going to fire them both and pay them for four more years? I can’t stand gillis either, but I’m afraid Canucks fans are stuck with them both for at least another year.

  8. charlieconway96 - Mar 7, 2014 at 2:58 AM

    This really isn’t surprising at all.

  9. hockey412 - Mar 7, 2014 at 8:22 AM

    Good thing they didn’t truly restructure and get rid of him at the deadline. Or, rather, they should have SAID they were going to get rid of him, and then changed their mind.

  10. ibieiniid - Mar 7, 2014 at 8:26 AM

  11. joey4id - Mar 7, 2014 at 10:57 AM

    Well that’s hockey. When you have big boys playing in a confined environment moving as fast as they do there will be bad collisions like. Part of the game. Right?

    Dillon had just dumped the puck in the zone so that is not interference. Seems that Kassian committed to hit Dillon before Dillon stopped and turned his back to the oncoming Kassian. However, Kassian left his feet. How the NHL will handle this is always a mystery. Earlier this year Tom Wilson ran Brayden Schenn into the boards after coming of the bench and skating the distance at full speed to hit Schenn in the offensive zone. I highly doubt this will be more than 5 games. Three to 5 max.

    Video here;

  12. buckeye044 - Mar 7, 2014 at 11:14 AM

    Maybe I missed it. Did Neal get a call for his hit earlier this week?

  13. jpat2424 - Mar 7, 2014 at 1:30 PM

    Vancouver Scum

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