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Cooke to face disciplinary hearing today

Monday, 03.21.2011 / 11:32 AM / News

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Cooke to face disciplinary hearing today
Penguins winger Matt Cooke will have an in-person disciplinary hearing in Toronto today following his elbow to the head of New York's Ryan McDonagh Sunday.
Pittsburgh Penguins forward Matt Cooke will have an in-person disciplinary hearing at 1:30 p.m. ET in Toronto Monday which will determine if he receives supplemental discipline for his elbow to the head of Rangers defenseman Ryan McDonagh during Sunday's game.

Cooke was assessed a five-minute elbowing penalty and a game misconduct for his hit on McDonagh, which occurred at 4:36 of the third period. McDonagh was uninjured, and the Rangers scored twice on the ensuring power play, en route to a 5-2 victory.

This is the second time this season Cooke is facing a disciplinary hearing. NHL Senior Executive Vice President of Hockey Operations Colin Campbell handed Cooke a four-game suspension last month for a hit from behind on the Columbus Blue Jackets' Fedor Tyutin.

Cooke avoided suspension last season for his hit on the Boston Bruins' Marc Savard, but that play provided much of the impetus that led to the implementation of Rule 48, which makes blind-side hits where the head is the primary point of contact illegal.

In the last three seasons, Cooke has been suspended three times for a total of eight games.



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