The incident took place in the third period of the Sharks-Canucks game when the two players were fighting for the puck against the boards. Meier went down and received a shove to the ice from Del Zotto. Meier, however, then responded by jabbing Del Zotto in the neck with the end of his stick. He received an elbowing major and a game misconduct penalty.
The Sharks, perhaps expecting a harsher penalty than he received, had already recalled forward Kevin Labanc to the team for tonight’s game against the Los Angeles Kings. The 21-year-old Meier is still trying to fit into the Sharks’ lineup as he has just a goal and two assists in 14 games this season. He was the ninth-overall pick in the 2015 draft, but hasn’t had the same type of success that he had in junior hockey.