Suspension for Calgary Flames defenceman Dennis Wideman out 20 games

Dennis Wideman suspended 20 games by NHL for hitting linesman

Calgary Flames defenceman Dennis Wideman has been suspended 20 games by the NHL, after hitting linesman Don Henderson from behind during a game on Jan. 27.

Wideman, who will forfeit $564,516 US in salary, had been suspended indefinitely by the league ahead of Tuesday afternoon’s disciplinary hearing in Toronto.

In the second period of a game against the Nashville Predators, Wideman was skating toward the Flames’ bench when he cross-checked Henderson, who had his back to the defenceman.

Moments earlier, Wideman had taken a hit from the Predators’ Miikka Salomaki.

It wasn’t clear if Wideman intentionally hit the linesman, who was reportedly in attendance for Tuesday’s hearing, and Wideman did not receive a penalty.

At the next stoppage, Wideman skated over to where the officials were gathered and apologized.

“I took a pretty hard hit down in the corner and had some pretty good pain in my shoulder and my neck and I was just trying to get off the ice and I was kind of keeled over and at the last second, I looked up and I saw him and I couldn’t avoid it,” Wideman said after the game.

Wideman, 32, is in his 11th NHL season and fourth with the Flames. He has two goals, 19 points and 30 penalty minutes this season.

Courtesy of CBCSports 

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