Originally written on Puck Drunk Love  |  Last updated 11/20/14

What should we make of the video above where Kris Letang cross-checks an NHL official? As the linesman comes in to separate two players after an icing call, he brushes past Letang and shifts him out of his way. The Pittsburgh defenseman appears to take offense and gives the official a light cross-check in the side.  Some fans are clamoring for Letang to receive some sort of discipline for striking an official. The evidence is there and it's pretty incriminating. You have to imagine that the official would have immediately done something about the situation had he truly felt threatened. Perhaps the official wasn't aware of what actually happened which would explain his lack of a reaction. However, you have to imagine the NHL would be aware of this situation and address it.  Regardless, rule #40 in the NHL rule book states: Any player who deliberately applies physical force to an official in any manner, which physical force is applied without intent to injure, or who spits on an official,shall be automatically suspended for not less than ten (10) games. Any player who deliberately strikes an official and causes injury or who deliberately applies physical force in any manner against an official with intent to injure, or who in any manner attempts to injure an official shall be automatically suspended for not less than twenty (20) games. (For the purpose of the rule, “intent to injure” shall mean any physical force which a player or goalkeeper knew or should have known could reasonably be expected to cause injury.) Letang's actions don't seem to fit into the 20-game suspension category, but they certainly appear to fall in line with the 10-game minimum definition. If we are following the official NHL rules, Letang deserves a suspension for knowingly striking an official. He looks up, sees who brushed against him, and checks the official as he skates by.  Of course, we've seen other incidents where a player strikes an official go unpunished, so don't be surprised if the NHL opts to avoid their own rules yet again.  (H/T Reddit Hockey) [follow]

GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

The Pittsburgh Pirates’ season should turn around soon

Tristan Thompson to start Game 2 vs. Bulls

Sanchez absolutely believes he can win Eagles starting gig

49ers Ahmad Brooks accused of sexual assault

Report: Michael Bennett wants Seahawks to trade him

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Report: Duke’s Jahlil Okafor looks 'as lean as ever'

Arum: Pacquiao would agree to rematch with Mayweather

Report: NFL could punish Brady, ball boys in wake of report

Justin Verlander continues to fire back at social media critics

Bursting the NFL playoff expansion bubble

LeSean McCoy: Chip Kelly got rid of ‘all the good black players’

Sportsbooks remove Patriots, NFL betting futures pending Deflategate punishment

McIlroy, Spieth both downplay notion of budding rivalry

The six best NBA playoff performances so far

Pierre Garcon says legalized pot could help his pizza business

Pedro Martinez: Manny spiked pregame shot with Viagra

Was keeping Andre Ethier L.A.'s best offseason move?

Nowitzki: Rondo lost to Charlie Villanueva in Connect Four

'The Mike Conley Broken Face Game' (and why he's the man)

Five NFL QBs facing make-it or break-it seasons in 2015

Jim Harbaugh: I'd love to see Judge Judy on Supreme Court

Which game statistically is most important in an NHL series?

Chip Kelly: 'I won't be here' if Eagles have to draft top QB

NHL News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Jim Harbaugh: I'd love to see Judge Judy on Supreme Court

Chip Kelly: 'I won't be here' if Eagles have to draft top QB

Brewing dispute over A-Rod’s bonuses

Top eight NFL free agents on the market

Eagles' Chip Kelly & Sam Bradford: In like, but not love

Manziel moves from downtown Cleveland

Making sense of the AL East pile-up

Chris Bosh on blood clot diagnosis: ‘I’m lucky to be alive’

Projecting the All-Star Game rosters

Tiger hasn't slept in three days since Lindsey Vonn breakup

2015 NBA Draft big board, first edition

Eliminate Hack-A-Player: Don't reward violating sports rules

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.