Jannik Hansen Reportedly Suspended 1 Game for Vicious Hit on Marian Hossa

Ethan GrantAnalyst IFebruary 20, 2013

ANAHEIM, CA - JANUARY 25:  Jannik Hansen #36 of the Vancouver Canucks gains the blue line during the game against the Anaheim Ducks at Honda Center on January 25, 2013 in Anaheim, California.  (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
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After striking Chicago Blackhawks veteran Marian Hossa with an elbow to the back of the head on Tuesday night, Vancouver Canucks winger Jannik Hansen has reportedly been suspended one game.

Darren Dreger had the report on Twitter:

There's no news yet as to what kind of fine—if any—Hansen will face in addition to missing his team's Thursday night game against the Dallas Stars

Hossa left the ice on Tuesday with an apparent concussion on the play (per the Chicago Tribune) and would not return to the Hawks' 4-3 OT win over the Canucks.

As David Haugh of the Chicago Tribune notes, the penalty for his actions could be just a slap on the wrist in a precursor to finding out the full extent of Hossa's injuries that stem from the hit:

It was a disturbing start to the third period for Chicago fans, especially after seeing Hossa exit the 2012 playoffs with an injury in similar fashion. Hansen drove his left forearm through Hossa's head in an attempt to regain control of the puck right around the Chicago blue line, but it did much more than that and knocked Hossa clean to the ice.

Although the 26-year-old Danish winger has never been suspended by the NHL before, it appears the league is taking a firm stance on plays that appear to be unnecessary in nature. This hit certainly applies to that assertion, and Hansen will miss Thursday night's game because of it.

Hansen himself was involved in a similar play in 2011, when Shea Weber of the Nashville Predators hit him from behind and received a league fine of $2,500 in the process. Hopefully that memory and this suspension can keep these kinds of hits out of the NHL.

For now, fans will be eager to learn more about Hossa's injury and if there are any monetary disciplines in place for Hansen's actions.