Canucks' Edler to have hearing for knee-on-knee hit on Leafs' Hyman

Vancouver Canucks defenceman Alex Edler gets a major penalty and game misconduct for kneeing Toronto Maple Leafs forward Zach Hyman, who left the game following the hit.

Alexander Edler is facing supplemental discipline from the NHL’s department of player safety following his ejection for kneeing Zach Hyman.

He’ll have a hearing on Monday afternoon.

The Vancouver Canucks defenceman was assessed a five-minute major and game misconduct Sunday night after dropping Hyman with a knee-on-knee collision while skating to the bench at the end of a three-minute shift.

Hyman hobbled down the tunnel to the dressing room and didn’t return for the final 30 minutes of a game the Canucks won 3-2 in overtime.

An update on Hyman’s condition is expected following Monday’s practice, according to Leafs coach Sheldon Keefe. The 28-year-old previously had surgery on his right knee to repair a torn ACL following the 2019 playoffs. His teammates had a good view of the collision with Edler since it occurred directly in front of the team’s bench and didn’t like what they saw.

“It was a pretty dirty hit,” said William Nylander.

“He’s a critical part of this team and those kind of plays – the knee-on-knee hits – I mean, they’re scary,” added Auston Matthews.

Edler doesn’t have any recent history with the player department of player safety.

He was suspended twice by the NHL in 2013 – receiving a three-game ban for an illegal check to Tomas Hertl’s head and a two-game ban for charging Mike Smith – and earned a four-game suspension from the IIHF for a knee-on-knee hit on Eric Staal during the 2013 world hockey championship.

The Canucks and Leafs play again Tuesday at Rogers Arena.

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