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Jokinen suspended three games

by Staff Writer / Calgary Flames
Olli Jokinen received a three-game suspension from the National Hockey League today.

Below, in order, are the league statement, Jokinen's statement and the Calgary Flames statement.

NHL Statement:

Calgary Flames’ forward Olli Jokinen has been suspended for three games and will forfeit $48,387.09 in salary for a cross check to the head of Colorado Avalanche player Wojtek Wolski in NHL game #266 on November 17, 2010.

Jokinen’s fine is based on his average annual salary and is calculated under the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement. The money goes to the Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund.

The incident occurred at 10:32 of the third period and Jokinen was assessed a major penalty for cross checking and a game misconduct.  

Jokinen will miss the Flames next three games – Nov. 19 vs. Chicago, Nov. 21 at Detroit and Nov. 22 at New York Rangers. He is eligible to return Nov. 24 at New Jersey.

Olli Jokinen Statement:

“I disagree with the League’s decision to suspend me for three games. I believed from our discussion this morning that there was an understanding that my intent was not to injure and circumstances that resulted in my stick going higher then expected.

"While I am upset with the ruling, I will abide by it and serve my three games while preparing to help my team when I return. I will have no further say on the matter.”

Calgary Flames Statement

“We are very disappointed that the League has ruled this incident worthy of a three game suspension for Olli.  However, we respect both the review process and the League’s decision.”
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