Blackhawks' Keith waives in-person hearing with the NHL Staff

3/23/2012 12:47:07 PM

The National Hockey League Players' Association and Duncan Keith have agreed to waive the Blackhawks defenceman's right to an in-person hearing.

Keith faced the NHL's Department of Player Safety via telephone at 2pm et/11am pt today.

The NHL originally indicated to the Blackhawks and Keith that the hearing would be a phone hearing, which would limit any suspension to five games or less. Later on Thursday, the league said that it wanted the hearing to be in person, where there would be a potential for a ban of six or more games.

Keith had the right to waive the in-person hearing.

Daniel Sedin, the Vancouver Canucks' leading goal-scorer, was injured in Wednesday's overtime loss to the Blackhawks nd did not return. He was hurt when he was elbowed in the head by Keith late in the first period.