Daniel Carcillo offered hearing

CHICAGO -- Blackhawks forward Daniel Carcillo was offered Saturday an in-person hearing by the NHL department of player safety for his crosscheck on Winnipeg Jets forward Mathieu Perreault during a game Friday.

Carcillo could be suspended six games or more because the NHL opted to offer an in-person hearing rather than a phone hearing. Carcillo has been disciplined by the league before.

The incident occurred Friday when Carcillo skated up to Perreault from behind, cross-checked him in a downward motion and connected his stick to Perreault's left arm with 9.5 seconds remaining in the second period. Perreault immediately fell to the ice. He held his left arm as he departed for the locker room and did not return to the game. He was scheduled to be examined Saturday.

Carcillo said Saturday his intent was not injure Perreault and hoped the Jets player would be OK.

"I was just trying to knock him off, you know?" said Carcillo, who hadn't heard from the NHL prior to speaking to the media Saturday. "I didn't think it was very, like, malicious or anything.

"It was just kind of a hockey play and it was at the end of a shift. I must have just caught him between some padding. I've been hit there before, too. You know it hurts."

Jets coach Paul Maurice had a different opinion of the play.

"It was a vicious crosscheck to an unsuspecting player," Maurice said Friday.

Carcillo was last suspended in the playoffs last season when he elbowed a linesman in the face while Carcillo was being restrained. He was initially suspended 10 games for abuse of officials and later had the suspension reduced to six games.

Carcillo has four goals, three assists and has averaged 8:17 of ice time in 31 games this season. He signed a one-year deal with the Blackhawks in October.