The NHL DoPS Decision On Dillon's Illegal Headshot Sparks Major Controversy

Published February 7, 2024 at 12:13

Winnipeg Jets defenseman Brenden Dillon is set to face a hearing later today following an illegal check to the head on Pittsburgh Penguins forward Noel Acciari.

The incident occurred during last night's game, where the Penguins secured a 3-0 shutout victory over the Jets. Just over four minutes into the second period, Acciari was carrying the puck through the neutral zone when he collided with Dillon.

Dillon's shoulder made contact with Acciari's head, causing his helmet to fly off and sparking a scrum as Penguins teammates rushed to his defense. Acciari remained shaken up on the ice following the hit.

Fans have been vocal about the incident, with some blaming Acciari for having his head down and others criticizing Dillon for his reputation for head-hunting.

Insider Chris Johnston noted that the NHL's Department of Player Safety opted for a phone hearing, suggesting a potential suspension of five games or less.

Controversy erupted on social media as fans shared their opinions on the hit and speculated about Dillon's possible suspension.

Dillon has contributed six goals and 15 points in 47 games for the Jets this season, marking his third season with the team. The extent of his suspension will be revealed later today, while Acciari's condition was still being evaluated by head coach Mike Sullivan following last night's game.

Source: Hockeyfeed
February 7   |   84 answers
The NHL DoPS Decision On Dillon's Illegal Headshot Sparks Major Controversy

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