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McDavid Escapes Suspension for Boarding Hit on Kempe

Connor McDavid will not receive any supplementary discipline for his boarding hit on Adrian Kempe in Sunday night’s loss to the Kings.

According to a couple of reports surfacing Monday morning, Connor McDavid will not be fined or suspended for his boarding hit on Adrian Kempe during an Edmonton Oilers versus Los Angeles Kings game on Sunday night. Late in the third period of the Oilers’ loss, McDavid hit Kempe with a hit that caught him in the numbers and sent the forward into the glass face-first.

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McDavid was assessed a five-minute major and a game misconduct on the play and the Kings scored three times in that major to put the game away. The game misconduct portion of the penalty opened up the door for possible supplementary discipline, but McDavid will not be fined or suspended after the league took a look at the play.

Mark Spector of Sportsnet writes, “This comes as no surprise. 97 has no history of hits from behind. Didn’t take a long run at Kempe. No injury to Kempe, who scored on the ensuing PP. The right call was made by on-ice officials. Move on.” Head coach Dave Tippett noted, “the guy turns out to him. Connor nicks him. They said he (Kempe) was hurt and he’s out on the next power play. I’ll have to look at it again.”

This, of course, won’t quiet down the discussion on missed calls and fairness in penalties when it comes to McDavid. It’s been a long-running topic of conversation that the NHL has been missing infractions against McDavid for years now and fans in Edmonton showed multiple videos where McDavid was boarded by opposing players, the referee was looking directly at the play and no call was made. Others have shown videos of McDavid plays where he’s played on the edge and been dirty in the past, suggesting no one should be surprised he tried to take out a player.

This is a debate that isn’t going to go away.

One of the main issues seems to be that missed calls in a number of games on Sunday night were missed by officials. In this particular game, McDavid likely being frustrated by a lack of calls likely leads to the hit on Kempe and he takes a bad penalty. The same could be said for the Jets vs. Maple Leafs game where three players from that contest received (or will be receiving) supplementary discipline.

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