Los Angeles Kings forward Brendan Lemieux will have an in-person hearing via Zoom on Tuesday for biting Ottawa Senators forward Brady Tkachuk on Saturday night, NHL Player Safety announced.
An in-person hearing means a player can be suspended for five or more games.
The incident happened after the two players got into a shoving match after the whistle which eventually led to them wrestling on the ice while being separated by two linesmen. Following the melee on the ground, the Sens captain accused Lemieux of biting him in the hand. Video showed that Tkachuk's hand was bleeding after the incident.
“It was the most gutless thing somebody could ever do. This guy, you can ask anyone of his teammates, nobody ever wants to play with him, this guy is a bad guy and a bad teammate, he focuses on himself all the time," Tkachuk told the media after Ottawa's 4-2 loss as per Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun.
“The guy’s just a joke. He shouldn’t be in the league. This guy’s gutless. No other team wants him, he’s going to keep begging to be in the NHL but no other team is going to want him, he’s an absolute joke. I can’t even wrap my head around it. He’s just a bad guy."
Lemieux, 25, has four goals and one assist over 14 games with the Kings this season while Tkachuk, 22, has four goals and seven assists over 16 games.
The Kings defeated the Senators 4-2 in Los Angeles.