NEW YORK CITY, N.Y. – Defenseman Erik Gudbranson of Vancouver Canucks will have a hearing with the NFL Department of Player’s Safety on Friday. The hearing happens after a boarding major called on him against Boston Bruins.
The department posted on social media early on Friday with details about the hearing.
The violation was called against Gudbranson when he hit Boston Bruin’s Forward Frank Vatrano from behind during their game on Thursday night at 6:13 of the first period.
Gudbranson also received a fighting major and a game misconduct on the same game, after Boston’s Tim Schaller challenged him after the said hit.
The Bruins were able to capitalize on Erik Gudbransons ejection from the game just after six minutes. They scored three power-play goals getting them a 4-1 advantage. The game ended with 6-3 for Boston.
The defenseman was given a back-to-back five-minute penalty, five minutes for boarding major, and another five minutes for fighting major. Everyone is waiting for updates about this hearing, asking if Gudbranson will get as much as a suspension for the incursion last Thursday game.
Gudbranson, 25, will have an on-the-phone hearing with NFL Department of Player’s Safety on Friday. This might be good news for the player, instead of having a face to face hearing, which often spells heavier punishments.
Vatrano was able to return to the game, seeing the 6-3 victory, but he might get a setback. People are waiting for more information, as things like this are happening more and more during the season.
One such event was when Zack Kassian hits Ryan Hartman in their game recently, who only got a minor penalty. Fans pointed this out in response to the major penalties given to Gudbranson, who was given five minutes penalty while the other only got two.