In the words of NHL referee Mike Leggo, Nazem Kadri, you can’t do that.
Toronto Maple Leafs forward Nazem Kadri will have a hearing with the NHL’s Department of Player Safety for a hit to the head of Edmonton Oilers winger Matt Fraser.
The hit happened 10:58 into the third period of Monday night’s game, an eventual 4-1 win by the Oilers. Kadri extended his elbow as he skated behind the Edmonton net, clipping Fraser up high.
Kadri was given a two-minute minor for an illegal check to the head by referee Tim Peel.
Fraser lay motionless on the ice for a few moments before being helped off the ice by his teammates. He reportedly suffered a concussion and is expected to miss some time.
“I was just trying to squeeze by him, but things happen quick. I didn’t mean to hurt him,” Kadri said after the game. “I don’t consider myself a dirty player. I felt like my hands were down. It happens fast, but you hate to see a guy being taken off like that.
“I don’t even think there was a call to begin with. I feel like if the officials felt it was something dirty or really questionable, then I wouldn’t have gotten a major and tossed on the spot.
(GIF via /r/Leafs)