Bieksa won’t face ban for hallway altercation

Canucks defenceman Kevin Bieksa. (Jeff Vinnick/NHLI/Getty)

Vancouver Canucks defenceman Kevin Bieksa won’t be disciplined for his alleged post-fight role following Saturday’s line brawl.

An eagle-eyed Flames fan on CalgaryPuck.com spotted a head poking out of a doorway near the back of the corridor leading from the ice at Rogers Arena to the Calgary Flames dressing room on Saturday night, and that head belonged to Canucks defenceman Kevin Bieksa.

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(Image via CalgaryPuck.com)

Bieksa’s head (pictured below) is seen emerging from a medical room that is accessible from both hallways that lead the teams from their respective dressing rooms to the ice surface. He appears to be jawing with Flames players who are leaving the ice at the first intermission, while Vancouver head coach John Tortorella and assistant Mike Sullivan have entered the hallway from the other direction to confront the Flames coaching staff.

Bieksa had been ejected from the game after taking part in a brawl that began at the two-second mark of the first period.

But sources tell Sportsnet while the NHL is aware of Bieksa’s proximity to this altercation, he will not be suspended for putting himself in the position to meet the Flames in their hallway as he was present but did not escalate the altercation.