Blue Jackets’ Foligno to have hearing for elbowing Avalanche’s Bellemare

Columbus Blue Jackets' Nick Foligno gets thrown out of the game and assessed a five-minute major for this dangerous headshot on Colorado Avalanche's Pierre-Edouard Bellemare.

Columbus Blue Jackets forward Nick Foligno will have a hearing with the NHL Department of Player Safety on Monday for elbowing Colorado Avalanche forward Pierre-Edouard Bellemare.

The play occurred during the second period of Saturday’s game between the Blue Jackets and Avalanche when Foligno hit Bellemare in the face with a high elbow. The 32-year-old received a five-minute major penalty and a game misconduct and the Avalanche winger left the game after the hit.

There was no immediate update on Bellemare’s condition, but Colorado head coach Jared Bednar said the team would know more on Sunday.

Foligno told reporters after the game that the hit was unintentional.

“There was no intent to hit him like that at all… I felt sick to my stomach when I saw that I hit him in the head,” he said.

Foligno has no prior suspension history. He has a goal and seven points in 17 games for Columbus this season.

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