Per the NHL Department of Player Safety, Jared Boll of the Columbus Blue Jackets is scheduled to have a disciplinary hearing tomorrow for his interference on Philadelphia’s Pierre-Edouard Bellemare.
Columbus' Jared Boll will have a hearing tomorrow for interference on Philadelphia's Pierre-Edouard Bellemare.
— NHL Player Safety (@NHLPlayerSafety) March 23, 2016
Boll was ejected from Tuesday night’s contest after what was deemed a late hit on Bellemare and while majors are rare for interference calls, NHL officials retain the right to assess a major and misconduct based on the degree of violence. Boll hit Bellemare well after he distributed the puck, which also led to a scrum and an ensuing roughing penalty for Philadelphia’s Ryan White after coming to the defense of Bellemare.
Video of the incident is below…
The general rule of thumb is that a player is permitted .6-seconds after someone gets rid of the puck to finish their check. Boll seems to be well outside that time frame in this instance.
Blue Jackets’ head coach John Tortorella contested the call and initially had Boll stay near the bench, but the penalty was not reversed. After reviewing the hit, the Department of Player Safety has decided that it’s worth a hearing and likely a suspension.
Boll’s past will undoubtedly come into play with whatever decision is made. He was assessed a $2500.00 fine on Jan. 31, 2012 for an illegal hit to the head on San Jose’s Joe Thornton and also received a three-game suspension in March last year after a hit to the head on Anaheim’s Patrick Maroon.