Via the NHL’s Department of Player Safety:
Los Angeles forward Jordan Nolan will have a hearing tomorrow for boarding Detroit’s Darren Helm.
— NHL Player Safety (@NHLPlayerSafety) November 1, 2014
The controversial hit:
Nolan has had two previous brushes with the Department of Player Safety, so he’s considered a repeat offender. In March, 2013, he was fined $1,436.94 for a cross check to the back of Vancouver’s Henrik Sedin, and in April, 2014, he was suspended one game for a gloved punch on an unsuspecting Jesse Joensuu, who plays for Edmonton.
Helm was uninjured on the play. Jonathan Ericsson, who rushed in to Helm’s defense, immediately engaged Nolan after the hit, which drew a two-minute boarding minor.
Ericsson was still unhappy about the hit today, telling Chris McCosky of the Detroit News, “I thought, from my point of view, that was a match penalty. I thought that was a really bad hit. I didn’t feel he had anything but the numbers the whole way until contact. I am surprised he only got two minutes.”