Perry will have telephone hearing for Zucker hit


Anaheim Ducks star forward Corey Perry was kicked out of Tuesday’s game against the Minnesota Wild after his controversial hit on 21-year-old rookie Jason Zucker.

Now the NHL wants to have a word for him over the phone on Wednesday, according to TSN’s Bob McKenzie.

Because it’s a telephone hearing, Perry can’t be suspended for more than five games. He previously received a four-game suspension when he elbowed then-rookie Claude Giroux in 2009.

Zucker appeared to be struck in the head and left the contest as a result of the hit, which you can see below:

After the incident, Perry defended his actions by saying, “I was committed to the hit. … I tried to let up.”

Perry also issued an apology to Zucker, although he insisted that he never intended on targeting the rookie’s head.

“No. I don’t go out there looking to hurt guys,” Perry said. “That’s not the way I am. That’s not me as a person.”