It’s been a pretty ugly week for the NHL, with plenty of head shots and ensuing hearings with the Department of Player Safety. It looks like there’s at least one more incident to add to the list.
Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Deryk Engelland was given a match penalty Saturday night when he caught Detroit Red Wings forward Justin Abdelkader with a shoulder to the head. The hit left Abdelkader laying on the ice before he eventually was helped off. Abdelkader reportedly won’t return after taking the high hit.
Engelland has been the recipient of supplemental discipline before. He was suspended for three games in 2011 after delivering another head shot to Chicago’s Marcus Kruger. See that hit and suspension explanation video by clicking here.
See the hit in question below.