Montreal Gazette

Leafs' Rielly to face hearing for cross-check


Toronto Maple Leafs defenceman Morgan Rielly is set to have an in-person hearing with the NHL Department of Safety on Tuesday afternoon in New York.

The announceme­nt came hours after the department said it had offered Rielly to hold the hearing in person.

The hearing comes as a result of Rielly crosscheck­ing Ottawa forward Ridly Greig in the Senators' 5-3 win over the Leafs on Saturday night.

Greig jetted down the ice for a loose puck and fired a slap shot into the open net.

As Greig circled back up the ice by the boards, Rielly cross-checked him in the face.

Rielly was given a major penalty for cross-checking and a game misconduct.

If the Department of Player Safety determines that any supplement­al discipline from an infraction will result in five games or less or a fine of more than US$5,000, the hearing is conducted by phone.

If the infraction might require a suspension of six games or more, the offending player is offered the opportunit­y to an in-person hearing.

In this case, the player remains suspended until the hearing takes place. The department retains the right to make adjustment­s to the infraction upon review.

Canada claimed a second gold medal at the world under-23 cross-country ski championsh­ip with Sunday's victory in the mixed relay at Planica, Slovenia.

Whitehorse's Derek Deuling, Jasmine Drolet of Rossland, B.C., Mac Hollman of Thunder Bay, Ont., and Lilian Gagnon of Quebec City prevailed in heavy rain over runner-up France and bronze medallist Sweden.

Canada's women's 4x100-metre freestyle relay team earned bronze on Sunday at the world aquatics championsh­ips in Doha, Qatar.

Rebecca Smith, Sarah Fournier, Katerine Savard and Taylor Ruck finished with a time of three minutes, 37.95 seconds.

The Netherland­s (3:36.61) had narrowly edged Australia (3:36.93) to claim gold.

It was Canada's third medal of the world championsh­ips. Artistic swimmer Jacqueline Simoneau won gold in the women's free solo event on Tuesday and silver in the women's solo technical competitio­n on Feb. 3.

In women's 200-metre medley action, Canadians Sydney Pickrem and Ashley Mcmillan both qualified for Monday's final.

Meanwhile, teenager Pan Zhanle swam the fastest 100 metres in history as he led off China's gold medal-winning 4x100 freestyle relay team.

His time of 46.80 seconds took six hundredths off Romanian David Popovici's world record from 2022 and establishe­d the 19-year-old as one to beat in Paris.

China won the relay in 3:11.08. Italy finished a second behind, with the U.S. in third with 3:12.29.

Erika Fairweathe­r became New Zealand's first gold medallist at a World Aquatics Championsh­ips by winning the women's 400m freestyle.

Fairweathe­r won in a time of 3:59.44, 2.18 ahead of Li Bingjie of China.

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