NEW YORK -- Columbus Blue Jackets forward Dane Byers has been suspended for three games without pay for delivering an illegal check to the head of San Jose Sharks forward Andrew Desjardins during NHL Game #654 in Columbus on Saturday, Jan. 14, 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, Byers will forfeit $8,918.91. The money goes to the Players' Emergency Assistance Fund.
The incident occurred at 3:01 of the second period. A match penalty for attempt to injure with an illegal check to the head was assessed on the play.
It's a tribute to him, and everything he's done and deserved is coming to fruition tonight with his jersey in the rafters. He's going to be a first-ballot Hall of Famer. And I said today, if he's not, take my stuff out. If he doesn't deserve to be in there first ballot, no one does. Except for (Wayne) Gretzky, I guess.
— Hockey Hall of Fame member Brett Hull on former teammate Mike Modano, whose No. 9 was retired by the Dallas Stars on Saturday