Buffalo Sabres right wing Patrick Kaleta will face a hearing from NHL Senior Vice President, Player Safety and Hockey Operations, Brendan Shanahan to discuss his headbutt on Philadelphia Flyers forward Jakub Voracek in Wednesday night’s game, NHL.com reports.
This is not Kaleta’s first documented headbutt in an NHL game. Earlier this season, Kaleta was fined by the League for his attempted headbutt on New Jersey Devils’ Travis Zajac.
As this current infraction is not Kaleta’s first, and because Shanahan requested a hearing, the NHL is likely to levy a suspension for the play. In Brendan Shanahan’s short tenure as Senior VP of Player Safety and Hockey Operations, he has doled out multiple suspensions and has provided video commentary explanations in hopes of reducing dangerous head shots and injuries across the league.