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Ducks' James Wisniewski awaits NHL decision after hit on Blackhawks' Brent Seabrook

March 18, 2010 |  1:22 pm


Ducks James Wisniewski said he participated in a hearing Thursday morning that included Colin Campbell, the NHL's vice president of hockey operations, and Ducks General Manager Bob Murray after the hit in the second period Wednesday night that left Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Brent Seabrook dazed and knocked out of the game.

Wisniewski, who is awaiting a decision on a probable suspension, also said he texted and left a message apologizing to Seabrook, a former teammate with the Blackhawks.

"Whatever happens, happens. If I receive a suspension.  But the thing is I didn’t mean or want to hurt him. He's a buddy of mine," Wisniewski said, adding that he felt regret when he saw that Seabrook "actually didn’t play the puck."

Wisniewski served a two-game NHL suspension earlier this season for a hit on the Phoenix Coyotes' Shane Doan.

-- Robyn Norwood

Photo: Chicago Blackhawks' defenseman Brent Seabrook falls to the ice after he was checked by Anaheim Ducks' defenseman James Wisniewski on Wednesday. Credit: Jae C. Hong / Associated Press.