The NHL’s department of player safety has come down with a ruling against Philadelphia Flyers forward Dale Weise, who was suspended three games for a headshot he delivered on Anaheim Ducks defenceman Korbinian Holzer Thursday night.
As the league explains in the video, Weise “unnecessarily extends up and into the head of Holzer, delivering a blow to the head and knocking him to the ice. This is an illegal check to the head.”
It wasn’t interference, as the league stated Holzer was eligible to be hit legally.
“However, rather than staying low and hitting squarely through his opponent’s body, Weise extends his body unnecessarily upward, and makes Holzer’s head the main point of contact. And while Holzer does attempt to slow down as Weise approaches him he does not materially change the position of his body or head, immediately prior to or simultaneously with the hit, in a way that significantly contributed to the head contact.”