Boston Bruins forward Brad Marchand will have a hearing with the NHL’s Department of Player Safety on Friday for what the league called “a dangerous trip” against Detroit’s Niklas Kronwall.
The incident occurred at 12:27 of the first period of the game at TD Garden. Marchand was not penalized on the play.
Will A Suspension Keep Marchand Out of the All-Star Game?
If the NHL does opt to suspend Marchand, that doesn’t necessarily mean he’ll miss the All-Star Game. In 2012, Alex Ovechkin was suspended three games for charging. Despite the suspension, the NHL still invited Ovechkin to participate. Ovechkin turned them down.
“It’s a great event. I’d love to be there, but I’m suspended,” Ovechkin said in 2012. “I don’t want to be a target. I don’t feel like I deserve to be there right now. If I’m suspended, I have to be suspended.”
A History of Violence
Marchand is no stranger to the NHL’s Department of Player Safety. The Bruins winger has been fined twice and suspended four times for a total of 12 games.
After his dangerous trip on Kronwall, he should expect to add to that total.