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Martin Hanzal, repeat offender, suspended 2 games by NHL for Petry hit

Greg Wyshynski
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Obviously, the big news here is that Brian Leetch is doing the voiceover for this Department of Player Safety video rather than Brendan Shanahan. So instead of the velvet monotone of the director, we have the slight New England townie monotone of his lieutenant . (For the record, we’d like to get “to summarize … THIS. IS. CHARGING.” as a ringtone.)

Oh yeah – the Phoenix Coyotes will be without Martin Hanzal for two games, too.

From the NHL:

Phoenix Coyotes forward Martin Hanzal has been suspended for two games, without pay, for charging Edmonton Oilers defenseman Jeff Petry during NHL Game No. 164 in Glendale on Saturday, October 26, the National Hockey League’s Department of Player Safety announced today.

Hanzal is considered a repeat offender under the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement and, based on his average annual salary, will forfeit $75,609.76. The money goes to the Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund.

The incident occurred at 13:42 of the first period. Hanzal received a minor penalty for charging on the play.

Fairly straightforward call on this one, as Hanzal’s leaping hit into a defenseless player is generally frowned upon.

He was previously suspended one game for boarding Dustin Brown during the 2012 Western Conference playoffs. That’s why the financial hit is significant despite it being just a 2-gamer: Hanzal is considered a repeat offender.

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