NHL Senior Vice President of Player Safety Brendan Shanahan announced Thursday that Calgary forward Pierre-Luc Letourneau-Leblond has been suspended for rest of preseason and one regular-season game for violating the NHL's re-written rule on boarding, which focuses more on the resulting contact with the boards rather than the point of contact.
Letourneau-Leblond delivered a hit from behind to Vancouver forward Matt Clackson 14:47 into the third period of the Flames-Canucks preseason game Tuesday. He was assessed an on-ice minor penalty for boarding.
"Letourneau-Leblond took a direct route toward Clackson, hit him squarely from behind into the boards and drove through the check high and hard," Shanahan said. "Clackson's back was turned toward Letourneau-Leblond well before the contract, requiring that Letourneau-Leblond avoid or minimize the check completely. He did neither."
Letourneau-Leblond is considered a repeat offender under the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement because he was suspended for one game on Oct. 9, 2010. Under the terms of the CBA, Letourneau-Leblond has to forfeit his salary based on the number of games in the season (82) instead of the number of days in the season (185).
He will forfeit $6,402.44 in salary and the money will go to the Players' Emergency Assistance Fund. Letourneau-Leblond is eligible to return on Oct. 10 at St. Louis, Calgary's second game of the 2011-12 regular season.