Phoenix Coyotes forward Shane Doan has been suspended for three games and will forfeit $73,387.11 in salary as a result of delivering an illegal check to the head of Anaheim Ducks forward Dan Sexton in a game Sunday night, the NHL announced Monday.
"Doan delivered a late hit from the blind side to the head of an unsuspecting opponent," NHL Executive Vice President of Hockey Operations Colin Campbell said. "While it was fortunate that Sexton did not suffer an injury, the message should be clear that this is the type of hit that we want out of our game."
The incident occurred at 6:35 of the third period and no penalty was assessed on the play. The incident can be viewed here.
Doan will miss games against Los Angeles (Oct. 21), Carolina (Oct. 23) and Montreal (Oct. 25). He is eligible to return Oct. 26 at Ottawa.
Doan's fine is based on his average annual salary and is calculated under the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement. The money goes to the Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund.