Drew Doughty to have hearing for illegal check to head on Carrier (Video)


Uh oh! It sounds like Kings defenseman Drew Doughty is in some hot water for his actions in LA’s Game 1 loss to the Vegas Golden Knights on Wednesday.

Doughty will have a hearing with the NHL’s Department of Player Safety for an illegal check to the head of Golden Knights forward William Carrier.

[NBC’s Stanley Cup Playoff Hub]

Carrier went to the locker room momentarily, but he did manage to return to the game rather quickly.

“I thought it was a bad hit, but it wasn’t for me to decide,” said Golden Knights head coach Gerard Gallant. “The ref didn’t think it was a penalty.”

The two players seemed to be going at it quite a bit throughout the course of the game, but both teams played some pretty heavy hockey in Game 1.

It’ll be interesting to see if the league decides to sit a superstar like Doughty for at least one game, or if they’ll just hand him a maximum fine.

Joey Alfieri is a writer for Pro Hockey Talk on NBC Sports. Drop him a line at phtblog@nbcsports.com or follow him on Twitter @joeyalfieri.