Matt Cooke gets in-person hearing for hit on Tyson Barrie
It’s been a while since we’ve seen any dirty play from Minnesota Wild forward Matt Cooke. Known for a number of on-ice incidents during his time with the Pittsburgh Penguins, Cooke has cleaned up his game recently.
Unfortunately, the talk of the old Matt Cooke returned after his knee-to-knee collision with Colorado defenseman Tyson Barrie on Monday night. After Barrie passed the puck up the wing boards, Cooke appeared to use his leg to slow down Barrie, who was attempting to join the play.
While this certainly was not as egregious as some of Cooke’s previous incidents, his reputation is sure to play a part in his upcoming suspension. Cooke was offered an in-person hearing with the NHL’s disciplinary committee to determine his penalty following the hit.
If you missed the video of the hit, you can watch the video courtesy of NBC Sports below.
While Cooke has a lengthy history of supplementary discipline in his NHL career, he does not count as a “repeat offender” since he has avoided discipline for 18 months. As Elliotte Friedman explains, Cooke can be suspended for more than five games, but he has the right to decline the in-person hearing and receive his decision by phone.
The Avalanche confirmed yesterday that Barrie suffered an injured MCL and will be out 4-6 weeks, which covers a vast remainder of what is left in the Stanley Cup playoffs.
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