Oct 15, 2013; Glendale, AZ, USA; Phoenix Coyotes center Martin Hanzal (11) looks on during the first period against the Ottawa Senators at Jobing.com Arena. Mandatory Credit: Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports

Phoenix Coyotes F Martin Hanzal Suspended 2 Games for Charging

On Saturday, October 26th while the Phoenix Coyotes took on the Edmonton Oilers at the Jobing.com Arena in Glendale, Coyotes center Martin Hanzal was assessed a 2 minute minor penalty for Charging Oilers defenseman Jeff Petry. The National Hockey League Department of Player Safety announced today that Hanzal has been suspended for two games without pay due to the incident.

The official ruling on the matter is charging.

During the play, Petry chased the puck into his defensive zone. Hanzal had been pursuing Petry from quite a distance at a very high rate of speed. Even though Petry no longer had possession of the puck, Hanzal continued to finish his hit.

Normally, this would not be a problem; however, in this case, not only was there no effort made to minimalize the impact of the hit, Hanzal’s skates left the ice prior to contact with Petry. The principal point of contact between the two players was Hanzal’s forearm to Petry’s head. This caused Petry’s head to slam into the boards.

The official ruling on the matter is charging.

Hanzal has been suspended once before, and is therefore considered a Repeat Offender under the term of the Collective Bargaining Agreement.

According to NHL.com, under the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement and, based on his average annual salary, Hanzal will forfeit $75,609.76. This money will go to the Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund.

The incident occurred at 13:42 in the first period.

Petry was not injured on the play, and did continue play.

Here is a look at the full explanation from the NHL Department of Player Safety.


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