The NHL's First Suspension May Be Handed Out After Dirty Hit

Published October 2, 2023 at 5:20 PM
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In a game marked by heightened emotions, the Chicago Blackhawks clashed with the Detroit Red Wings following a kneeing incident during the third period. The Blackhawks' Alex Vlasic faced an ejection from the game after officials ruled his actions as a kneeing infraction.

Notably, Vlasic's kneeing call involved Elmer Soderblom of the Red Wings, who happens to be the brother of Arvid Soderblom, a Chicago goaltender who was not on the ice that night. Simon Edvinsson of Detroit attempted to confront Vlasic after the hit but was held back by referees. Vlasic's penalties included five minutes for kneeing, an additional two for roughing, and a game misconduct.


Despite the heated moment, Soderblom remained unharmed and continued to play as the Red Wings secured a 6-1 victory over the Blackhawks. Now, the NHL's Department of Player Safety will determine whether further disciplinary action, such as fines or suspensions, is warranted. While the incident doesn't seem intentional, Player Safety will review it from various angles and perspectives to make a fair assessment.



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The NHL's First Suspension May Be Handed Out After Dirty Hit

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