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NHL schedules hearing with Hawks’ Bollig for Ballard hit

May 10, 2014, 2:19 PM EDT

The Chicago Blackhawks might have to get by without Brandon Bollig during Game 5 on Sunday.

That’s because the NHL has announced that they have scheduled a hearing with the 27-year-old forward after he boarded Wild defenseman Keith Ballard at 17:13 of the second period during Friday’s game.

Bollig received a two-minute penalty for his actions while Ballard left the game. You can see that incident below:

This has been a difficult season for Ballard, who has already dealt with concussion problems in 2013-14 and had just returned from a groin injury on May 9. His current injury is being termed as “upper body” and he won’t travel to Chicago for Game 5, per the Chicago Tribune’s Chris Kuc.

Update: It’s a phone hearing, according to Sportsnet’s John Shannon.

  1. elmerbrownelmerbrown - May 10, 2014 at 2:27 PM


    • avscup - May 10, 2014 at 2:42 PM

      Right. He is so happy with his award he isn’t traveling to Chicago to play a SC game. I guess your another trolling fan who never played.

      • elmerbrownelmerbrown - May 10, 2014 at 3:16 PM

        Oh Iam sorry is this forum just for past,present or future players

      • elmerbrownelmerbrown - May 10, 2014 at 3:21 PM

        When you act that you are rendered unconscious you put your organization in a position they have to sit you

      • avscup - May 10, 2014 at 4:51 PM

        He was hit by a pretty big guy and if you watch carefully, his face hit the glass pretty hard. I’m sure you have never felt that on NHL 2014 for Xbox nor ever had a concussion playing jax with the neighborhood girls but it hurts. Especially when you are recovering from a previous concussion…this season.

  2. nicofthenorthstar - May 10, 2014 at 2:31 PM

    2 games minimum. Bollig showed some very bad judgement with this dangerous hit. Anyone who’s played hockey for as long as him knows exactly what is happening in that moment, even though it happened very fast. Ran him high from behind, driving his head and shoulders into the glass.

  3. rgledz - May 10, 2014 at 2:44 PM

    Hey nicofthenorthstar… about Spurgeon’s flagrant elbow that knocked Krueger out of the game for a bit? Has he played long enough to know what he was doing or is it okay because he plays for your favorite team?

    • fightingwild - May 10, 2014 at 3:31 PM

      Wild fan here, Spurgeons elbow should be reviewed as well, There is no place in the game for that crap. My initial assessment was that he was going to get suspended but I think he whiffed & caught his leg instead knee on knee. Since Krueger came back & played the Player safety morons won’t suspend unless there is an injury. Both deserves games lost.

  4. r8rbhawk - May 10, 2014 at 2:50 PM

    Crap, what are the hawks going to do if they lose a 4th liner who plays 5 minutes a game. I didn’t like the hit but I won’t mind if he’s suspended

  5. earpaniac - May 10, 2014 at 2:52 PM

    What about Spurgeon’s elbow?

  6. credible316 - May 10, 2014 at 3:06 PM

    If he’s suspended, it benefits the Blackhawks.

  7. clarke16 - May 10, 2014 at 3:16 PM

    Completely bogus–all for the sake of appearances. Nothing suspendable in that hit whatsoever.

    • avscup - May 10, 2014 at 4:57 PM

      Which hit..Spurgeons or Bolligs? Ballard was pasted from behind and his face hit glass pretty hard. In today’s NHL, it’s probably a suspension. Pretty easy call. Right square in the numbers.

      • clarke16 - May 10, 2014 at 5:30 PM

        Bollig’s… Clean check–like you said, right square in the numbers. Unfortunate outcome…but Bollig can’t be reasonably held accountable for Ballard turning to face the glass–he’s a man on the puck fully eligible to be checked. Ballard needs to take accountability for how he positions himself along the walls. You know you’re going to get hit…and you know there’s a wall there. There isn’t a player in the NHL in Bollig’s position on that play who doesn’t check that man…

        No accountability anymore. Just like the penalty these days for knocking the stick out of someone’s hands. Yeah–I can see if you break it–but knocking it out of their hands?! Good God. In my day you would have been the one blamed for not holding on to your stick tighter… They’re tuning it into the National Pansy League.

      • avscup - May 10, 2014 at 7:34 PM

        Sorry I disagree on the hit. The stick, for sure, hold on to it.

        No need to run a guy square in the back. That hit has been illegal for several years

        MN played great hockey and I am happy they tied it up.

  8. jpat2424 - May 10, 2014 at 3:41 PM

    Any suspension is a huge joke.

  9. McFaddensPulledHammy - May 10, 2014 at 3:55 PM

    Saw the same hit in the Ducks-Kings series and not even a penalty.

  10. dontbsuchapuss - May 10, 2014 at 4:07 PM

    That’s crap if he was going to get suspended might as well have done it right

  11. live4hockey - May 10, 2014 at 4:23 PM

    I will be surprised if it’s more than just a fine….

  12. wjarvis - May 10, 2014 at 4:26 PM

    During the season Bollig made some progress towards becoming a more complete hockey player, unlike last year where he was purely brought in to hit and fight. However, during the playoffs he really hasn’t added anything and has been a liability most of the time he’s on the ice. He’s much slower than most of the Hawks, and doesn’t have the hockey IQ of Zus to be able to put himself in better positions to succeed. Q still loves him, so he’ll continue to be on the roster most games and not play, unless he’s suspended.

    Because of Bollig’s role as a semi-goon I think he’s more likely to be suspended than other players would so that he develops a ‘history’ that can be used against him in the future. This is one of the hits that the league wants out of the game, and it’s much easier to suspend a player like Bollig as an example.

  13. sjsharks66 - May 10, 2014 at 4:31 PM

    Another suspension for the Blackhawks. They have become a really dirty team this post season. Thumb me down all you want, does not hide the 2 suspensions though.

  14. dudermcrbohan - May 10, 2014 at 4:53 PM

    Bogus if Bollig is disciplined. Ballard can’t even handle Brad Marchand. Soft.

    • purpleguy - May 10, 2014 at 5:37 PM

      Now that is some incredibly insightful logic — thanks so much for sharing.

  15. purpleguy - May 10, 2014 at 5:35 PM

    Based on his play in this series, this Wild fan would prefer that Bollig isn’t suspended.

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