You Be The Judge: Hansen’s Hit on Hossa

Jannik Hansen of the Vancouver Canucks and Marian Hossa of the Chicago Blackhawks

Photo gif from HF Boards

Jannik Hansen rightfully received a penalty for this hit on Marian Hossa tonight. But after the game, there was talk that Jannik Hansen may be facing a hearing as well.

From what I can see here, Hossa was skating backwards, Hansen was coming from the side, and both players reached for the puck. Perhaps Hansen was reckless in that he ended up hitting Hossa (and hence, the penalty). But a hearing and a potential suspension?

What am I missing?

J.J. Guerrero

Founder and Executive Editor of Canucks Hockey Blog. Proud Canadian, hardcore Canucks fan. I would like nothing more than watching the Canucks win the Stanley Cup. Against the Leafs.

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17 Responses

  1. Your asking… Hansen never even looked at the puck…. he will be suspended…

  2. Myles Harris says:

    Both were reaching for the puck. This is a great angle that shows it. Elbow to the head? Oh please. It’s Hansen, not Torres.

  3. barb says:

    You better get the referees up dated on penalties that should be handed out..
    There are many that should never be handed out and many that should be.. The referees are the main reason that a lot of people don’t watch the hockey games or go to them. It is so unfair to all the teams and something should be done about the way the penalties are called.

  4. Andre says:


  5. andre says:

    deleting comments loses followers

  6. Mark says:

    As Kevin Weekes said “players don’t typically catch pucks with the forearms/elbows. He’ll be suspended for sure.

  7. 604YVR says:

    It was accidental. Hawks fans whine too much!

  8. Angry Canadian says:

    I think he will be suspended, even for a game or two…was a bit late, was to the head, and it was a Hawk. In someways, it may be better for him to be suspended…if he isn’t, the next game vs Chicago might get seriously ugly. My two bits worth.

  9. Never even looked at the puck? It sure looks like Hossa and Hansen reached for it at the same time.

  10. Kinda like the way the NHL calls games these days – I believe they call this “game management”.

  11. If the comments are kept clean, we don’t delete. That said, nothing has been deleted on this post – there are a few that have been voted down in to oblivion by others BEFORE we could get to deleting them for the language used in them.

  12. If we at CHB had the power to get the referees together and talk hockey, we’d be an even more popular blog! I do wish the calls on the ice were more consistent.

  13. It sure looks like a real fake injury to me, no way he was hurt that bad, he was just trying to get his team a power play. Referees were awful thru out this game. Because of the refereeing many fans no longer watch hockey.

  14. Brettj says:

    He will be suspended. No doubt. The NHL is taking head shots out of the game, reckless or intentional, the fact remains. Don’t kid yourselves that Hossa is a well respected sportsman in hockey and his previous severe concussion will factor into this. Hansen gets 2-3 games like Keith did, maybe more(Hossa factor).

  15. Having been hit in the head myself in a similar fashion (albeit in soccer by a goaltender), I’m confident that Hossa wasn’t simulating an injury. With his recent history of concussions, even a subtle bump could be enough to have a relapse – case in point, the innocuous bump Crosby received that ended his season a couple years back.

  16. Is the NHL really taking head shots out of the game? I’m not trying to knock the idea, but they’ve definitely been inconsistent in the matter. I’m actually a fan of the rule in international hockey where any contact to the head results in 2 and 10 – that would be a definitive step to remove them.

  17. Grinder_85 says:

    Looks like he’s trying to grab the puck…….through Hossa’s head. Should have been a 5 min major penalty with a game misconduct in my amatuer opinion. Hansen sits it out, none of this drama. I’m a Hawks fan so take it for what it’s worth. I’d rather see justice dished out the next time these gentlemen get on the ice. Thank God Hockey is back.

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