NEW YORK (March 23, 2012) -- Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Duncan Keith has been suspended, without pay, for five games for elbowing Vancouver Canucks forward Daniel Sedin during NHL game No. 1100 at Chicago on March 21, the National Hockey League’s Department of Player Safety announced Friday.
Under the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement and based on his average annual salary, Keith will forfeit $149,688.15. The money goes to the Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund.
The incident occurred at 13:36 of the first period. Keith was assessed a minor penalty for elbowing on the play.
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