Canucks’ Bitz faces disciplinary hearing
Vancouver winger Byron Bitz has a meeting with the league about his hit last night on Kings winger Kyle Clifford. Bitz was given a five-minute major penalty for boarding, and a game-misconduct penalty, when he drove Clifford into the boards in the second period. Clifford did not take another shift. He stayed on the bench for the rest of the second period and stayed in the locker room for the third period, as the Kings announced only that Clifford had an “upper-body injury.” Clifford looked dazed when he got up after the hit but skated off by himself. Any updates on Clifford’s status will be passed along as soon as possible.
As for Bitz, he faces a possible suspension today after his hearing with the league’s “Department of Player Safety.”