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NHL suspends Islanders' Pascal Morency indefinitely

Friday, 09.18.2009 / 3:40 PM / News

The National Hockey League on Friday suspended New York Islanders rookie forward Pascal Morency indefinitely for jumping off the bench to fight Calgary's Dion Phaneuf during the Flames' 5-4 win on Thursday night. He will be ineligible to play until a hearing is held; the League did not announce a date.

Morency jumped off the bench and charged after Phaneuf after the Calgary defenseman flattened teammate Kyle Okposo with an open-ice check in the neutral zone at 5:35 of the second period. Morency, a 27-year-old who has never played an NHL game and spent the last two seasons with the Islanders' AHL affiliate in Bridgeport, received a double minor for roughing and a game misconduct under Rule 70 for leaving the players' bench for the purpose of starting an altercation.

Okposo, the Islanders' leading goal-scorer last season, was taken off the ice with a mild concussion.

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