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Buffalo's Kaleta receives four-game suspension

Thursday, 11.03.2011 / 3:59 PM / News

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Buffalo's Kaleta receives four-game suspension
Buffalo Sabres forward Patrick Kaleta has been suspended for four games.
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.

For a full explanation of the decision, complete with video, please click on the following link: http://video.nhl.com/videocenter/console?catid=60&id=132436

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