Canucks' Poolman to have hearing for high-sticking Avalanche's Sherwood

Vancouver Canucks defenceman Tucker Poolman is handed a match penalty after turning around and swinging his stick at the head of Colorado Avalanche forward Kiefer Sherwood

Vancouver Canucks defenceman Tucker Poolman will have a hearing with the NHL's Department of Player Safety Friday after an incident in Thursday's 7-1 loss to the Colorado Avalanche.

Midway through the third period, Poolman swung his stick and connected with the head of Avalanche forward Kiefer Sherwood after Sherwood hit Poolman with a body check. Poolman was given a 10-minute match penalty and ejected from the game as a result.

Sherwood fell to the ice after the stick hit him but remained in the game.

Poolman has never been suspended in his four-year career.

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