Detroit Red Wings forward Tyler Bertuzzi will have a disciplinary hearing with the NHL’s Department of Player Safety on Monday for an incident that happened in Sunday’s game against the Colorado Avalanche.
The incident in question was Bertuzzi removing his glove and punching Avalanche forward Matt Calvert during a scrum.
It all started when Calvert was hit into the Red Wings’ bench, resulting in several players grabbing hold of him and restraining him from getting back into the play. As Calvert tried to force his way free, he speared his stick into the bench. More players then grabbed hold of him and Bertuzzi delivered a bare-fisted punch to his head.
Here is the sequence.
It is important to note that when the DoPS announced the hearing they did not say he was offered an in-person hearing, meaning Bertuzzi can not be suspended for more than five games if he is suspended at all.
Is that enough? Does Larkin deserve something for his role? Should Calvert’s spear be overlooked? The answer to the first question is almost certainly no, it is not enough for sucker-punching a restrained player in the head from the bench.
Given that no other hearings were announced it seems Larkin and Calvert will not be disciplined.
The Avalanche won the game 2-0 thanks to two more goals from their top line.