Rinaldo to have phone hearing after waiving right to in-person offer

Matt Kartozian / USA Today Sports

Arizona Coyotes forward Zac Rinaldo waived his right to an in-person hearing for his sucker punch on Colorado Avalanche rookie Samuel Girard, the NHL's Department of Player Safety announced.

Instead, Rinaldo will have a phone hearing Wednesday to determine whether he'll face supplemental discipline for the fifth time in his NHL career. The league only offers in-person hearings for situations that may require a suspension of six games or more.

Rinaldo was given a match penalty on the play.