NEW YORK – Anaheim Ducks forward Jean-Francois Jacques has been suspended for three games and will forfeit $23,780.49 in salary for delivering an illegal check to the head of Columbus Blue Jackets forward R.J. Umberger during NHL Game #613 in Anaheim on Sunday, Jan. 8, the National Hockey League’s Department of Player Safety announced today.
Jacques, who was suspended on Sept. 24, 2011, is classified as a repeat offender under the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement. Accordingly, he forfeits his salary based on the number of games in the season (82), rather than the number of days (185). The money goes to the Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund.
The incident occurred at 14:17 of the third period. A major penalty for elbowing was assessed on the play.
Jacques will miss games Jan. 10 vs. Dallas, Jan. 12 at Calgary and Jan. 13 at Edmonton. He will be eligible to return Jan. 15 at Vancouver.
What we expected is what we got. Very mature young individual that's focused. He is on the right track. He's not only a great hockey individual, but he's a good person off the ice. He seemed to take a leadership role with this group right off the hop and ran away with it, and was vocal, was respectful, was everything it takes to be a Panther. His future looks bright.
— Florida Panthers director of player development Brian Skrudland on defenseman Aaron Ekblad's performance at development camp