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Rick Tocchet calls out NHL double standard after Soucy's suspension

Published May 14, 2024 at 12:44

The Canucks and Oilers are set to play Game 4 on Tuesday night, and the Canucks will be without Carson Soucy as the defenseman serves his one-game suspension for a cross-check on Connor McDavid.

But with both Soucy and Nikita Zadorov facing supplemental discipline for the incident, Canucks Head Coach Rick Tocchet is calling for fairness from the NHL, with Zach Hyman delivering a similar cross-check to Zadorov on the very same play.

While Tocchet didn't directly call for Hyman to be suspended, he made it clear that if the NHL is looking at suspensions for Canucks players, Hyman should be looked at as well.

It's a scrum. Z got cross-checked by Hyman afterward. I think George (Parros), and they are looking at a couple of incidents right now.

Hyman hasn't received any hearing or notification of a fine for the cross-check, so it looks like he'll get off scot-free, but the Canucks will hope Tocchet's comments help to get the refs on their side.

The two teams will face off tonight at 9:30 in Edmonton, with Vancouver having a chance to take a stranglehold on the series.

Noah Juulsen is likely to take Soucy's spot in the lineup.

Canucks coach Rick Tocchet asks NHL to suspend Oilers' Zach Hyman
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Rick Tocchet calls out NHL double standard after Soucy's suspension

Should Hyman face supplemental discipline for the cross check?

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Max fine20015.4 %
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