NEW YORK -- Buffalo Sabres forward Patrick Kaleta has been suspended, without pay, for four games for leading with his head to deliver an illegal hit to the face of Philadelphia Flyers forward Jakub Voracek during NHL Game No. 165 Wednesday night in Buffalo, the National Hockey League’s Department of Player Safety announced today.
Under the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement, and based on his average annual salary, Kaleta will forfeit $19,621.64. The money goes to the Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund.
The incident occurred at 4:58 of the first period.
Kaleta will miss games Nov. 4 vs. Calgary, Nov. 5 at Ottawa, Nov. 8 vs. Winnipeg and Nov. 11 vs. Ottawa. He will be eligible to return Nov. 12 at Boston.
He's only 17 but he can see the ice so well and he moves the puck and goes to the open ice all the time, so I just think he's a player that is ready to play in the NHL. I'm really looking forward to coaching someone like this.
— U.S. National Junior Team coach Ron Wilson on Auston Matthews, the projected No. 1 pick of the 2016 NHL Draft