The National Hockey League (NHL) Players Safety Administration summoned Gates striker Mark Shevelle Thursday for his nod to Montreal Canadiens Jake Evans the day before.
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This will be done over the phone, which means that the potential suspension will not exceed five matches.
Earlier in the morning, NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daley told TVA Sports he “expected” the skater to be called in for a violent physical examination, which resulted in player CH being taken off the ice on a stretcher Wednesday night.
The incident occurred in the last minute of the visitor series’ initial meeting at Bell MTS Place, in which the visitors won 5-3.
Whether the league will take Scheifele’s lack of disciplinary history into account when deciding on a penalty, however, one should expect logic to be followed in this case. It is actually stipulated in the players’ employment contract.
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“A player’s disciplinary history is always a factor in the analysis, as specifically stated in our collective agreement,” Daly said.
The NHL Player Safety Department did not have a specific timetable for a hearing with Scheifele as of this writing.
In his post-match comments, Jets coach Paul Morris seemed concerned, both for Evans’ health and for the fate that awaits his troops.
“It’s a heavy and exhausting examination, no doubt. The 54-year-old commented.
Plus, the league has no real comparisons to eliminating a skater who hasn’t been suspended in the past.
Assault and get out on the stretcher
Evans, who was celebrating his 25th birthdaye Birthday, he carried the disc across an empty net before his attacker hit him head-on in a vulnerable position.
After hitting the ice head first, the Habs player lay stranded on the ice for several agonizing minutes under the gaze of 500 healthcare workers in the stands.
Scheifele rushed toward him without trying to avoid him when the disc was already at the back of the net, leaving an explanation for an apparent premeditated act. He received a penalty for assault as well as misconduct match.