Kassian waives in person hearing for kick

  • Kassian waives in person hearing for kick

Kassian waives in person hearing for kick

Zack Kassian is in trouble with the National Hockey League (again), this time for kicking Tampa Bay Lightning defenceman Erik Cernak.

Kassian got tangled up with Erik Cernak and teammate Josh Archibald on the ice toward the end of the first period Thursday night and seems to have kicked his opponent in the chest.

"That play he was holding my leg and it was just reactionary". I was just trying to get my foot loose. "I was laying there for a while, a couple of seconds, so I was just trying to pull my leg out".

Even with the Oilers forward's defence of the incident, Cernak is looking for the silver lining in it all.

"I think he was a little bit mad", the Lightning blue-liner told reporters, including The Athletic's Joe Smith. However, the Department of Player Safety retains the right to make adjustments to the infraction upon review. He didn't say nothing.

According to the NHL/NHLPA collective bargaining agreement, a player has the right to an in-person hearing if facing a disciplinary suspension of at least six games. So I don't know.

"He kicked me right in the chest, so luckily that wasn't higher".

Kassian also sat out 32 games in the 2015-16 season during a stint with Montreal for substance abuse issues unrelated to on-ice conduct.