NHL Director of Player Safety Brendan Shanahan has ruled that Nashville’s Shea Weber will not be suspended for boarding Jannik Hansen during the Predators 5-1 loss to Vancouver Thursday night.
Weber will, however, be fined $2500 — money that will go to the Player’s Emergency Assistance Fund.
If you haven’t seen the Weber-Hansen hit yet, here it is:
As we mentioned earlier this morning, the boarding penalty was Weber’s second in as many games (he nailed Jordan Eberle Tuesday in Edmonton.) Turns out our speculation of a potential “repeat offender” tag was wrong — don’t worry, it won’t be the last time — as Weber escaped suspension where Pittsburgh’s Kris Letang didn’t.
In fact, Weber’s punishment is much more in line with the $2500 New York Rangers F Mats Zuccarello got dinged for boarding LA’s Kyle Clifford during the NHL Premiere game in Sweden: