Jacob MacDonald, come on down!

Colorado Avalanche defenseman Jacob MacDonald will have a hearing with the NHL’s Department of Player Safety for a hit to the head of Minnesota Wild forward Ryan Hartman.


The hit came with 5:16 remaining in the first period of Wednesday’s game, with Minnesota leading 2-0.  There was no penalty called on the play.

MacDonald had plenty of opportunity to deliver a legal body check, instead choosing to take a path that lead to direct contact with Hartman’s head.  Head contact was clearly avoidable on this play.

We’re going with a two game suspension for MacDonald.

Let’s wait and see what Player Safety hands down.


Referees for the game were Steve Kozari (#40) and Mitch Dunning (#43). Linesmen were Travis Gawryletz (#67) and Ryan Galloway (#82).