BOSTON, MA -- Calgary Flames general manager Jay Feaster has issued a statement on forward Rene Bourque's five-game suspension.
"We fully support the decision rendered by Brendan Shanahan and the Department of Player Safety in this matter.
"Both the Club and the player understand and appreciate the basis for the ruling, and intend to abide by the decision. We will have no further comment."
The winger also released a statement this afternoon, apologizing for his actions.
"I acknowledge my mistake, regret my action and take full responsibility. I accept the decision rendered by Brendan Shanahan on behalf of the League. I apologize to my teammates, the Flames organization and to Niklas Backstrom. I am embarrassed for what I did. These are exactly the type of plays that need to be eliminated from hockey."
Bourque will miss games Jan. 5 at Boston, Jan. 7 vs. Minnesota, Jan. 10 vs. New Jersey, Jan. 12 vs. Anaheim and Jan. 14 vs. Los Angeles. He will be eligible to return Jan. 17 at San Jose.