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Department of Player Safety News

Sabres' Kaleta to have in-person hearing for hit

Friday, 10.11.2013 / 9:08 PM / Department of Player Safety News

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Buffalo Sabres right wing Patrick Kaleta will have an in-person hearing with the NHL Department of Player Safety on Tuesday for an incident against the Columbus Blue Jackets at First Niagara Center on Oct 10.

Kaleta was offered the opportunity for an in-person hearing as required by provisions of the Collective Bargaining Agreement for any suspension that can exceed five games. He is suspended pending his hearing.

At 3:10 of the first period, Kaleta collided with Columbus defenseman Jack Johnson near the boards just inside the Buffalo zone. No penalty was assessed for that hit, but Kaleta received a fighting major after engaging with the Blue Jackets' Jared Boll after the hit.

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Canucks' Edler suspended three games

Friday, 10.11.2013 / 3:04 PM / Department of Player Safety News

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NEW YORK – Vancouver Canucks defenseman Alex Edler has been suspended for three games, without pay, for an illegal check to the head of San Jose Sharks forward Tomas Hertl during NHL Game No. 56 in Vancouver on Thursday, October 10, the National Hockey League's Department of Player Safety announced today.

Edler is considered a repeat offender under the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement and based on his average annual salary, he will forfeit $182,926.83. The money goes to the Players' Emergency Assistance Fund.

The incident occurred at 19:46 of the second period. No penalty was assessed on the play.

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Sharks' Stuart suspended three games

Wednesday, 10.09.2013 / 8:40 PM / Department of Player Safety News

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NEW YORK -- San Jose Sharks defenseman Brad Stuart has been suspended for three games, without pay, for an illegal check to the head of New York Rangers forward Rick Nash during NHL Game No. 44 in San Jose on Tuesday, October 8, 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, Stuart will forfeit $36,923.08. The money goes to the Players' Emergency Assistance Fund.

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Islanders' Nielsen fined $5,000 for slashing

Wednesday, 10.09.2013 / 4:32 PM / Department of Player Safety News

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NEW YORK -- New York Islanders forward Frans Nielsen has been fined $5,000 for slashing Phoenix Coyotes forward Martin Hanzal in NHL Game No. 38 on Long Island on Tuesday, October 8, the National Hockey League’s Department of Player Safety announced today.

The incident occurred at 13:42 of the third period. Nielsen was assessed a minor penalty for slashing.

The fine money goes to the Players' Emergency Assistance Fund.

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Bissonnette's suspension reduced to three games

Saturday, 09.28.2013 / 6:55 PM / Department of Player Safety News

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NEW YORK -- The National Hockey League announced today that it has reduced Phoenix forward Paul Bissonnette's suspension from 10 games to three games for his conduct in leaving his team's bench to join an altercation during NHL Preseason Game No. 9 in Phoenix on September 15, 2013.

In the game in question against the Los Angeles Kings, Bissonnette was assessed a game misconduct under Rule 70.6 for leaving the Players' Bench illegally during an altercation or for the purpose of starting an altercation -- an infraction that also calls for an automatic suspension for 10 Regular Season games.

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Canucks' Weise suspended three preseason games

Monday, 09.23.2013 / 7:50 PM / Department of Player Safety News

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NEW YORK -– Vancouver Canucks forward Dale Weise has been suspended for the team's final three preseason games for delivering an illegal check to the head of Edmonton Oilers forward Taylor Hall during NHL preseason game No. 50 on Saturday, Sept. 21, in Edmonton, the National Hockey League's Department of Player Safety announced today.

The incident occurred at 6:52 of the first period. A minor penalty for illegal check to the head was assessed on the play.

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Canucks' Kassian suspended five games

Monday, 09.23.2013 / 7:50 PM / Department of Player Safety News

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NEW YORK -– Vancouver Canucks forward Zack Kassian has been suspended for the team's final three preseason games and for five regular-season games for high-sticking Edmonton Oilers forward Sam Gagner during NHL preseason game No. 50 on Saturday, Sept. 21, in Edmonton, the National Hockey League's Department of Player Safety announced today.

The incident occurred at 18:33 of the second period. A double-minor penalty for high-sticking was assessed on the play.

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Coyotes' Klesla suspended for one game

Sunday, 05.06.2012 / 8:20 PM / Department of Player Safety News

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Phoenix Coyotes defenseman Rostislav Klesla has been suspended for one game for boarding Nashville Predators forward Matt Halischuk during the teams' Western Conference Semifinal game in Nashville on Friday, May 4, the National Hockey League’s Department of Player Safety announced today.

The incident occurred at 6:39 of the first period. A minor penalty for boarding was assessed on the play.

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NHLPA files appeal of Torres' 25-game suspension

Thursday, 05.03.2012 / 7:29 PM / Department of Player Safety News

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The National Hockey League Players' Association has filed an appeal of the 25-game suspension handed to Phoenix forward Raffi Torres last month.

Torres was penalized during the Western Conference Quarterfinals for a late hit to the head of Chicago Blackhawks forward Marian Hossa in Game 3 of the series. Hossa did not return to the game or the series, which Phoenix won in six games.

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Coyotes' Maloney releases statement on Torres

Saturday, 04.21.2012 / 1:35 PM / Department of Player Safety News

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GLENDALE, ARIZONA -- Phoenix Coyotes General Manager Don Maloney has issued the following statement regarding Coyotes forward Raffi Torres' 25 game suspension that was announced today by the National Hockey League.

"I want to thank Brendan Shanahan and his staff for their thorough review of this incident," said Maloney. "The ruling is very severe for Raffi and our Hockey Club. Raffi plays a hard, physical game yet this contact crossed the line on what is acceptable in our game today. We hope Marian Hossa makes a full and speedy recovery as we all enjoy watching him perform. The Club accepts the NHL's decision and will focus on our game tonight."

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