Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Duncan Keith could be facing a longer suspension than anticipated when he has a telephone hearing with NHL disciplinarian Brendan Shanahan on Friday.
Keith will be quizzed for his elbow to the head of Vancouver Canucks left wing Daniel Sedin during Wednesday night's game.
Because the hearing will be conducted by phone, it has been speculated that Keith will not be facing severe punishment.
However, CSNChicago.com reported that the league asked Keith to waive his right to an in-person hearing, which typically results in long suspensions.
Sedin played one more shift after the hit before leaving the game for good. He was ruled out of Thursday's game against Dallas and sent to Vancouver to visit with specialists for further evaluation.
The 28-year-old Keith, who received a two-minute penalty for elbowing on the play, denied any attempt to injury Sedin. Keith has four goals and 36 assists in 74 games.