The NHL has suspended Calgary Flames defenseman Dennis Wideman pending a hearing for bumping into a linesman during a game on Wednesday night, the league announced Thursday. Wideman's hearing with the NHL's Hockey Operations Department has been set for Tuesday, Feb. 2.
According to the NHL's abuse of officials rules, Wideman could be facing a minimum of a 10-game suspension for the incident. It wouldn't be the first time the league has handed out such a suspension.
The linesman that was on the receiving end of the hit, Don Henderson, was in the hospital until 5 A.M. with neck pain and nausea as he underwent concussion protocol.
Before running over Henderson, Wideman was checked hard into the boards and was slow in getting up. He said after the fact he was simply trying to get off the ice and looked up at the last minute and saw Henderson in front of him and didn't have any other path to take. He also said he apologized to Henderson on the ice.
"I was kind of keeled over and at the last second I saw him and I couldn't avoid it," said Wideman, via the Calgary Sun. "I went up to Donnie and apologized. I couldn't see him and didn't know where to go or how to get away from him.”