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Jets’ Dillon Gets Hearing with NHL’s Player Safety Dept. for Hit On Acciari



Brenden Dillon

Winnipeg defenseman Brenden Dillon, who was assessed a match penalty for a hit to the head of Pittsburgh Penguins center Noel Acciari Tuesday night, will have a hearing with the league’s Department of Player Safety Wednesday.

It will be a phone hearing, not an in-person one, which means that any suspension he might be assessed would be for five or fewer games.

Dillon was penalized at 4:15 of the second period in the Penguins’ 3-0 victory at PPG Paints Arena, as he drove his left shoulder into Acciari’s head.

The blow sent Acciari’s helmet flying and left Acciari dazed. He eventually was helped to the bench and then to the locker room, and did not return to the game.

A decision on any punishment for Dillon will be handed down before the Jets play at Philadelphia Thursday.

The Pittsburgh Penguins and Jets will have a rematch Saturday in Winnipeg.