Panthers’ Sam Bennett to have hearing with NHL for unpenalized hit

Florida Panthers forward Sam Bennett will have a hearing with the NHL’s Department of Player Safety on Sunday following his illegal check to the head on Montreal Canadiens forward Cedric Paquette.

Bennett is facing discipline from the league after he administered a high hit that caused Paquette to depart Saturday’s game with a neck injury. Paquette returned in the second period but did not play in the third.

Bennett to face discipline for hit

The 25-year-old Bennett, who was not penalized for the hit, recorded two goals in Florida’s 5-2 win over Montreal in Sunrise, Fla.

Bennett’s 11 goals are one shy of the team lead, shared by Anthony Duclair and captain Aleksander Barkov. He also has recorded six assists in 26 games this season.

Bennett has 172 points (84 goals, 88 assists) in 438 career games with the Flames and Panthers after being selected by Calgary with the fourth overall pick of the 2014 NHL Draft.

–Field Level Media