Dennis Wideman suspended indefinitely pending hearing after running into linesman

Calgary Flames defenseman Dennis Wideman has been suspended indefinitely pending a hearing after he ran into linesman Don Henderson Wednesday. Wideman, 32, will have a hearing following the all-star break.
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Calgary Flames defenseman Dennis Wideman will have to wait until after the all-star break to learn his fate after he ran over linesman Don Henderson in Wednesday’s game against the Nashville Predators.

According to TSN’s Darren Dreger, Wideman, 32, will be suspended indefinitely following the incident Wednesday. The league won’t decide on what punishment, if any, will be handed to Wideman once the all-star break concludes. The hearing could come Tuesday, Feb. 2, Dreger reported.

Wideman’s collision came in the second period of Calgary’s 2-1 loss to the Nashville Predators. After getting hit by Miikka Salomaki, Wideman went hard into the boards and appeared to be laboring as he headed off the ice. As he neared Henderson, Wideman collided with the linesman and knocked him to the ice:

“I was just trying to get off the ice and at the last second I looked up and saw (Henderson),” Wideman told reporters post-game Wednesday. “I couldn’t avoid it. I didn’t know where to go or how to get out of the way of him.”

Per the NHL's rulebook, Wideman's actions could see him suspended 10 games. Rule 40.3 states that any player "who deliberately applies physical force to an official in any manner...which physical force is applied without intent to injure, or who spits on an official, shall be automatically suspended for not less than ten (10) games." Whether that applies to Wideman, though, is to be seen.

According to Sportsnet’s Eric Francis, Henderson was sent to hospital until 5 a.m. and was dealing with neck pain and nausea. He also underwent concussion protocol.

UPDATE: Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman reported that Wideman's case doesn't fall under Rule 40 because no game misconduct was issued. Director of Hockey Operations Colin Campbell therefore can hand out whatever punishment, if any, he deems fit.

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