Fans across the National Hockey League know this: Alex Burrows has a reputation, and not the best one. He can be a gritty player who pushes the envelope and, let's just say that on Tuesday night, he pushed it quite hard.
The Ottawa Senators forward delivered a rather vicious knee strike to the head of New Jersey Devils star forward Taylor Hall. It is obvious that it was no accidental collision as Hall was already clearly down on the ice when the knee was delivered, and Burrows can visibly be seen cocking his knee back before bringing it down on Hall's head.
Of course, the National Hockey League's Department of Player Safety decided to take a look at this one and have called for an in-person hearing on Friday. However, Burrows could decline the in-person hearing and choose to do it over the phone.
“He punched me in the back of the head like 10 times,” Hall told Devils reporter Amanda Stein after the game. “He kind of lost his mind.”
36-year-old Burrows has faced discipline by the NHL before, getting a three-game suspension back in 2014 for a hit on then-Montreal Canadiens defenseman Alexei Emelin.
When the Department of Player Safety determines that any supplemental discipline from an infraction will result in five games or less or a fine of more than $5,000, the hearing is conducted by phone. However, if the infraction requires a suspension of six games or more, the offending player is offered the opportunity to an in-person hearing. If the player waives his right to an in-person hearing, the hearing will be conducted by phone, as Burrows might choose to do.
UPDATE: Burrows waived his in-person hearing and will have a phone hearing.
He could once again find himself on the sideline for several games...