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Blackhawks' Eager suspended for three games

Saturday, 03.21.2009 / 8:17 PM / News
NEW YORK/TORONTO (March 21, 2009)Chicago Blackhawks forward Ben Eager has been suspended for three games, without pay, for a blow to the head of an unsuspecting player during NHL Game #1068 against the Edmonton Oilers on March 20, the National Hockey League announced today.

Under the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement, Eager is considered a repeat offender.  Based on his annual salary, he will forfeit $21,951.21.  The money goes to the Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund.

The incident occurred at 7:30 of the third period and involved Oilers forward Liam Reddox. No penalty was assessed.

Eager will miss tomorrow afternoon’s game against Los Angeles; Mar. 25 against San Jose and Mar. 27 against New Jersey.  He will be eligible to return Sunday, Mar. 29, against the Vancouver Canucks.
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I was going nuts and I saw [Subban], he was going crazy, and the ref had no idea where to go. [Subban] was skating to me, and I was skating to him and the ref was right in between us and I don't know, I kind of hit him pretty hard, I thought, but those were some emotions and I'm pretty sure he understands that.

— Montreal forward Alex Galchenyuk on the celebration following his OT goal against Ottawa in Game 2