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Blackhawks' Keith to have phone hearing Friday

Defenseman faces suspension for high-sticking Wild's Charlie Coyle, waives in-person Player Safety meeting @NHLdotcom

Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Duncan Keith will have a phone hearing with the NHL Department of Player Safety on Friday for his involvement in an incident Tuesday in a game against the Minnesota Wild.

Keith was given a five-minute major and a match penalty for high-sticking Wild forward Charlie Coyle in the first period. He is suspended indefinitely until the League issues a ruling.

The Department of Player Safety said on Twitter early Friday that Keith waived his right to an in-person hearing, offered when a player faces a potential suspension of six or more games.

The Blackhawks, who have clinched a berth in the Stanley Cup Playoffs, have five games remaining in the regular season. They visit the Winnipeg Jets on Friday for their first game since losing 4-1 to the Wild.

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