The DoPS Hands Out Major Suspension To Canucks Star Defenceman

Published February 11, 2024 at 9:15

In a game that showcased the Vancouver Canucks determination to contend this season, defenseman Nikita Zadorov found himself at the center of attention after a high hit on Red Wings star forward Lucas Raymond.

Standing tall at 6'6", Zadorov has a reputation for delivering questionable hits, though suspensions have been rare for him. However, his collision with Lucas Raymond raised eyebrows, resulting in a match penalty.

«Nikita Zadorov has been given a match penalty for this hit on Lucas Raymond,» the officials announced.

The severity of the penalty suggests a looming suspension for the 28-year-old defenseman, a notion reinforced later in the day.

Zadorov's hit triggered a swift response from the NHL's Department of Player Safety, scheduling a hearing for the same evening. While such immediate hearings are uncommon, the timing of this incident warranted prompt action.

«Vancouver's Nikita Zadorov will have a hearing this evening for an illegal check to the head on Detroit's Lucas Raymond,» the announcement clarified.

Subsequently, Zadorov received a two-game suspension for his actions, further igniting debate among fans and analysts alike.

Source: Houseofhockey
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The DoPS Hands Out Major Suspension To Canucks Star Defenceman

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