Carcillo waives right to in-person hearing on Gilbert hit Staff

1/4/2012 8:19:19 PM

Chicago Blackhawks forward Dan Carcillo has been suspended indefinitely for his hard check on Edmonton Oilers defenceman Tom Gilbert on Monday night.

Carcillo has waived his right to an in-person hearing, meaning the suspension will likely be a significant number of games.

The Oilers trailed 1-0 when Carcillo launched Gilbert into the boards 7:23 into the second, resulting in a major boarding penalty and a game misconduct. Gilbert had a step on Carcillo when the agitator pushed the defenceman, sending him into the air and into the boards behind the Edmonton goal. Both went down after the hit and had to be helped off the ice.

Gilbert left with a lower-body injury and did not return, while Carcillo appeared to be favouring his left leg and had to be helped off the ice.

Carcillo has been suspended five times since 2008 including twice in 2011, the last of which was a dangerous hit from behind on Joni Pitkanen.