Washington Capitals forward Alex Ovechkin
has been suspended for two games, without
pay, for a reckless hit on Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Brian Campbell during NHL
game #1022, March 14.
The incident occurred at 12:16 of the first period. Ovechkin was assessed a major
penalty for boarding and a game misconduct on the play. Campbell was injured on the play.
Ovechkin, who was suspended for two games on November 30, 2009, now is
considered a repeat offender under the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement.
Accordingly, he forfeits $232,645.40 in salary, based on the number of games in the season
(82), rather than the number of days (193). The money goes to the Players’ Emergency
Ovechkin will miss Washington's next two games -- March 16 at Florida and March 18
at Carolina. He will be eligible to return March 20 at Tampa Bay.
Statement from George McPhee, Washington Capitals vice president and general manager
“We have no problem with the way Alex tried to finish his check. Unfortunately, an injury resulted. We are disappointed with the suspension but do not want to comment further.”
Statement from Alex Ovechkin
“I am very sorry that Brian was injured and I hope he is able to return to his team soon. NHL hockey is a physical game. We all play hard every time we are on the ice and have battles each shift in every game we play so we can do our jobs and win. As players we must accept responsibility for our actions and I am no different but I did not intend to injure Brian and that is why I was disappointed with the NHL’s decision yesterday. Every time I have the honor to play for my team, I will continue to do what I have done since I was taught to play. I will play hard, play with passion and play with respect for my teammates, opponents and fans. I look forward to returning to my team and doing everything I can to be the best player I can be.”