The National Hockey League has requested an in-person hearing with the St. Louis Blues forward in New York, reportedly on Friday.
An in-person hearing does not mean the final ruling will be six-plus games as the league can hand out out any length of suspension thereafter.
Lapierre pushed Boyle face-first into the dasher board during the first period of San Jose’s 6-2 win at St. Louis.
He received a five-minute major penalty for checking from behind, five minutes for fighting and a game misconduct.
Lapierre is suspended pending a hearing.
Boyle was carted off the ice at Scottrade Center on a stretcher and did not return to the game.
In a Sharks news release Wednesday, the team said Boyle was kept at Barnes-Jewish Hospital overnight and would return to San Jose later Wednesday “to continue his medical care and undergo further evaluation.”
Rule 1.9 in the NHL’s collective bargaining agreement states: If the preliminary review that a suspension of six (6) or more games may be appropriate and/or further investigation is required, an in-person hearing will be conducted …”
Lapierre will remain suspended until the hearing, meaning he would sit out Thursday against Chicago and probably Friday versus Winnipeg.
He is a repeat offender, having sat four games while playing for Montreal for a hit against the Sharks’ Scott Nichol, who’s also a former Blues forward.