TORONTO (November 24, 2008) – Los Angeles Kings forward John Zeiler has been suspended for three games, without pay, as a result of a boarding incident that took place during NHL Game #295, Nov. 22 against the Colorado Avalanche, the National Hockey League announced.
Zeiler was assessed a major penalty for boarding and game misconduct for hitting Colorado defenseman Adam Foote at 6:51 of the second period.
Under the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement, and based on his average annual salary, Zeiler will forfeit $8,770.17. The money goes to the Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund.
Zeiler will miss tomorrow night’s game at Calgary; Nov. 26 at Edmonton and Nov. 29 against Chicago. He will be eligible to return Dec. 1 against the Toronto Maple Leafs.
It was the Kings first suspension since Sean Avery was assessed a Club suspension for Insubordination to coaches on April 11, 2006 at Toyota Training Center and the first suspension mandated by the league since Kip Brennan was suspended 10 games after returning to the ice after being ejected on Dec. 26, 2003.