NHL schedules hearing with Hawks’ Bollig for Ballard hit

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The Chicago Blackhawks might have to get by without Brandon Bollig during Game 5 on Sunday.

That’s because the NHL has announced that they have scheduled a hearing with the 27-year-old forward after he boarded Wild defenseman Keith Ballard at 17:13 of the second period during Friday’s game.

Bollig received a two-minute penalty for his actions while Ballard left the game. You can see that incident below:

This has been a difficult season for Ballard, who has already dealt with concussion problems in 2013-14 and had just returned from a groin injury on May 9. His current injury is being termed as “upper body” and he won’t travel to Chicago for Game 5, per the Chicago Tribune’s Chris Kuc.

Update: It’s a phone hearing, according to Sportsnet’s John Shannon.