Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Niklas Hjalmarsson will have a hearing on Monday for his illegal check to the head of St. Louis Blues right wing Ty Rattie, according to NHL Player Safety.
Hjalmarsson earned a match penalty for his hit on Rattie on Saturday. He will likely be suspended for one preseason game if the penalty is not rescinded, and Blackhawks beat writer Mark Lazerus doesn’t think it will be.
The 29-year-old Hjalmarsson has spent his entire nine-year NHL career with Chicago.
Originally from Sweden, Hjalmarsson was selected by the Blackhawks in the fourth round (108th pick overall) of the 2005 NHL Entry Draft.
While Hjalmarsson has never made an All-Star team, he has been a steady contributor for Chicago since finally arriving with the team during the 2007-08 campaign.
The 6’3″, 197-pounder has been a member of three Blackhawks Stanley Cup teams. As a matter of fact, he is one of only seven Hawks players to have been part of all three Stanley Cup wins (2010, 2013, 2015). He has also developed into an ironman of sorts over the past three years.
Hjlamarsson has only missed two regular-season games since the start of the 2013-14 season and played in only 82 contests in 2014-15, a championship-winning campaign for Chicago.
The Blackhawks had disappointing finish last year, losing in the first round of the playoffs. It was the first time Chicago did not advance past the first round since 2008, when it missed the postseason entirely.
The Blackhawks’ next preseason game is at 8:30 p.m. ET on Tuesday night against the Detroit Red Wings.