Keith of­fered in per­son hear­ing for high stick­ing Coyle

Cape Breton Post - - SPORTS -

Chicago Blackhawks de­fence­man Dun­can Keith has been of­fered an in-per­son hear­ing for high-stick­ing Min­nesota Wild for­ward Char­lie Coyle dur­ing a game Tues­day. The of­fer of an in-per­son hear­ing means the NHL can sus­pend Keith more than five games, but isn’t re­quired to hand out that penalty. Keith has the op­tion of trav­el­ling to New York or waiv­ing his right to an in-per­son hear­ing. While down on the ice dur­ing the first pe­riod of Chicago’s game at Min­nesota, Keith lifted his stick into Coyle’s face. He was given a 10-minute match penalty on the play. Keith has been sus­pended twice be­fore: five games in 2012 for an el­bow to the head of Van­cou­ver Canucks for­ward Daniel Sedin and one play­off game in 2013 for high-stick­ing Los An­ge­les Kings for­ward Jeff Carter.

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