The Department of Player Safety has some more work to do Thursday, as San Jose Sharks forward Joachim Blichfeld will have a hearing to determine supplementary discipline after his high hit on Colorado Avalanche forward Nathan MacKinnon.
The incident occurred in the third period of Wednesday night’s game, as MacKinnon was trying to dump the puck into the Sharks zone. Blichfeld approaches from behind and clips the head of the Colorado star, starting an immediate scrum between the two teams.
Since he’s having a hearing, Blichfeld should expect a suspension for the hit, meaning he’ll miss at least one game for the Sharks. The 22-year-old winger is only barely starting his NHL career but will already have a history with the DoPS. He received a match penalty on the play.