No date set for Lemieux’s suspension hearing yet

Brendan Lemieux has a date with the NHL Department of Player Safety.

The gritty Winnipeg Jets forward will have to answer for an illegal check to the head he dished out to Florida’s Vincent Trocheck in the second period of Friday’s game in Helsinki. Lemieux was given a five-minute match penalty for the blindside hit. Trocheck was shaken up but stayed in the game, which the Panthers won 4-2.

“The refs got it right,” a clearly frustrated coach Paul Maurice said following the defeat.

Florida scored what proved to be the game-winning goal on the ensuing power play. They had tied the game earlier in the period with Lemieux in the box for a careless high-sticking infraction.

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Brendan Lemieux has a date with the NHL Department of Player Safety.

The gritty Winnipeg Jets forward will have to answer for an illegal check to the head he dished out to Florida’s Vincent Trocheck in the second period of Friday’s game in Helsinki. Lemieux was given a five-minute match penalty for the blindside hit. Trocheck was shaken up but stayed in the game, which the Panthers won 4-2.

“The refs got it right,” a clearly frustrated coach Paul Maurice said following the defeat.

Florida scored what proved to be the game-winning goal on the ensuing power play. They had tied the game earlier in the period with Lemieux in the box for a careless high-sticking infraction.

No time and date for Lemieux’s hearing was announced. Typically, a decision on a suspension is made within a few hours of a player being called on to the carpet. Lemieux, 22, has no points and 27 penalty minutes in nine games this season with Winnipeg, all on a fourth-line role.

The Jets arrived in Winnipeg Saturday afternoon after flying back from Finland. They’ll return to practice Sunday at 11 a.m. at Bell MTS Iceplex.

Winnipeg doesn’t play again until Friday when they kick off a four-game homestand by hosting the Colorado Avalanche.

mike.mcintyre@freepress.mb.ca

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