Chicago Sun-Times

NHL reviewing Wisniewski's hit on Seabrook

| 1 Comment | No TrackBacks

MANHATTAN BEACH, Calif. -- The NHL is looking into the hit that sent Blackhawks defenseman Brent Seabrook crumbling to the ice Wednesday night.

A spokesperson said Thursday the league is reviewing Anaheim Ducks defenseman James Wisniewski's check on Seabrook early in the second period of Wednesday's night 4-2 Hawks loss. A decision regarding a suspension or fine would have to come before the the Ducks' next game, which is Friday.

Wisniewski was suspended for two games earlier this year after a forearm hit to the head of the Phoenix Coyotes' Shane Doan on Oct. 31.

On Wednesday, Wisniewski, who played with Seabrook on the Hawks and called him a close friend afterward, landed a jarring hit on his former teammate while he didn't have the puck. It came moments after Seabrook, one of the Hawks' hardest hitters, checked Ducks star Corey Perry.

Seabrook appeared to lose consciousness as he fell to the ice. He was able to make it back to the bench, but he didn't return.

Hawks coach Joel Quenneville was irate afterward, calling it "the most dangerous hit in the history of the game."

"There are certain hits in the game that are tolerable if you got the puck," Quenneville said. "But if you hit a guy without the puck, you could kill a guy. It's the most dangerous hit in the history of the game. He tried to hurt him. If that's not intent, that's as bad a hit as you can ever have in the game."

Wisniewski denied his hit on Seabrook had anything to do with the check on Perry and said he hoped he wouldn't get suspended.

"I didn't do anything wrong," he said. "The result of what happened isn't good, but there wasn't anything wrong that I did."

Anaheim coach Randy Carlyle also defended Wisniewski, who fought Duncan Keith immediately following his hit and later Nick Boynton.

"He was probably the first star in our mind, as far as involvement in the game," Carlyle said. "It was probably the best game he's played as a Duck."

No TrackBacks

TrackBack URL:

1 Comment

Wiz needs to be suspended..5 games minimum. That was rediculous... Make a statement NHL.. now before it really gets outa hand.

Leave a comment


About the blogger

Adam L. Jahns is a native Chicagoan hailing from the Far Northwest Side. Jahns has been with the Sun-Times for more than four years, covering the Hawks, Bears, Cubs, Sox and high schools.


About this Entry

This page contains a single entry by Adam L. Jahns published on March 18, 2010 2:08 PM.

Video: Wisniewski injures Seabrook with hit was the previous entry in this blog.

Wisniewski suspended 8 games for hit on Seabrook is the next entry in this blog.

Find recent content on the main index or look in the archives to find all content.