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Patrick Kaleta suspension: In-person hearing to take place on Tuesday

Patrick Kaleta will meet with the Department of Player Safety for an in-person hearing for his hit on Jack Johnson.


Buffalo Sabres forward Patrick Kaleta will have an in-person hearing with the NHL's Department of Player Safety at 2 p.m. ET on Tuesday.

The hearing is in relation to the illegal check to the head of Columbus Blue Jackets defenseman Jack Johnson in a game last week. Kaleta was not given a penalty for the play, but did engage in a fight with Columbus forward Jared Boll, which drew a five-minute major for fighting. The league's decision to offer an in-person hearing means Kaleta can be suspended in excess of five games.

Kaleta has been suspended two times since 2011, qualifying him as a repeat offender under the Department of Player Safety's watch. This typically means that his punishment will be more severe as a result. He was forced to sit out four games for head-butting Philadelphia Flyers forward Jake Voracek in 2011 and was suspended five games in March of 2013 for boarding New York Rangers forward Brad Richards.

The Sabres forward has been suspended while waiting for the hearing, which has resulted in his missing two games. This means his suspension could begin retroactively to Oct. 12. Whatever the case, it's assumed that Kaleta will be forced to miss a sizable amount of time.

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