Calgary Flames’ Dennis Wideman was suspended 20 games for a hit he carried out on a linesman last week. No, he didn’t kill the linesman, not that kind of hit, but could have severely injured the linesman as a result of the check.
Wideman was hit viciously in the corner and then slams his stick to the ice in apparent anger and then seeks retribution for the non-call, savagely crosschecking a referee to the ice. At least that’s how we see it.
Wideman, over the course of his 20 game suspension, will forfeit $564,516 in salary. This is the second-longest suspension for a referee-related incident in the history of the NHL. Gordie Dwyer of the Tampa Bay Lightning was suspended 23 games in part for abusing officials in a 2000 exhibition game.
Wideman had a hearing with the N.H.L.’s department of hockey operations on Tuesday. He can appeal the suspension to Commissioner Gary Bettman.
The official had his back to Wideman when he (Wideman) carried out the seemingly malicious act. He crosschecked the official down, who lay flat on his stomach for some time, and then Wideman proceeded to the bench where he sat with his head down for a minute or two, feigning injury.
Wideman said he didn’t see the official and that the hit was unintentional.
“I took a pretty hard hit down in the corner and had some pretty good pain in my shoulder and my neck and I was just trying to get off the ice,” Wideman said. “And I was kind of keeled over and at the last second I looked up and I saw him and I couldn’t avoid it.”
As you can see in the video, though, he had plenty of time to avoid the hit and was maybe taking out the no-call, when Wideman himself was hit seconds earlier, on the official.
There was no call on the play, Wideman was not afforded a penalty, but he very well could have been. Wideman deserves this suspension, after the reviewing the video it is clear he had malicious intent. His excuses are few and far between like moral-based mafia men.