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Sabres' Patrick Kaleta gets disciplinary hearing

Buffalo Sabres tough guy Patrick Kaleta has a hearing with the league for an illegal hit to the head of Columbus Blue Jackets defenceman Jack Johnson on Thursday night.

Forward has in-person meeting for hit to the head of Jack Johnson

Buffalo Sabres tough guy Patrick Kaleta was originally selected in the sixth round of the 2004 NHL Entry Draft. (Jen Fuller/Getty Images)

Buffalo Sabres tough guy Patrick Kaleta is already well-acquainted with the NHL's head disciplinarian Brendan Shanahan, and he will get to know him even more — for the wrong reasons. 

The 27-year-old forward has been offered an in-person hearing with the league for an incident against the Columbus Blue Jackets on Thursday night in Buffalo, which could result in a five-game suspension or more.

Kaleta's infraction involved a hit to the head of Columbus blue-liner Jack Johnson at 3:10 of the first period of the Blue Jackets' 4-1 win. Kaleta, a six-foot-one, 198-pound winger, was not penalized on the play but later got a five-minute fighting major for duking it out with Jared Boll, who came to his teammate's aid. 

Johnson would stay in the game. 

Kaleta most recently was given a five-game suspension for shoving New York Rangers forward Brad Richards into the boards from behind last March and can now be considered a repeat offender. 

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