NEW YORK, N.Y. - The NHL has suspended Buffalo Sabres forward Patrick Kaleta for five games without pay for a boarding incident last weekend.
Kaleta shoved New York forward Brad richards into the boards from behind at 3:38 of the third period of the Rangers' 3-2 overtime win on Sunday. Kaleta was assessed a major penalty for checking from behind and game misconduct.
Kaleta is considered a repeat offender under the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement. Based on his average annual salary, he will forfeit US$76,219.25.
The money goes to the Players' Emergency Assistance Fund.
I have been blessed to play for 16 years in the NHL; it has been an amazing ride. I would like to thank the Tampa Bay Lightning and New York Rangers organizations and owners for providing me the opportunity to play the sport I love for so many years. I could have never played for so long or accomplished all that I have without the unwavering love and support from my wife, Heather, our three sons, Ryan, Lucas, and Mason, and my parents.
— Martin St. Louis after announcing his retirement from the NHL on Thursday