-- Montreal Canadiens
forward Tom Kostopoulos
has been suspended for three games, without pay, as a result of being assessed a game misconduct during NHL game #197 against the Toronto Maple Leafs
on Nov. 8, the National Hockey League announced today.
"While it is my determination that Kostopoulos did not deliver a check to an unsuspecting opponent, his actions caused injuries," said NHL Senior Executive Vice President of Hockey Operations Colin Campbell.
Under the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement, Kostopoulos is considered a repeat offender. Accordingly, he forfeits $32,926.83 based on the number of games in the season (82), rather than the number of days (186). The money goes to the Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund.
Kostopoulos was assessed a major penalty for boarding and a game misconduct for a hit on Toronto defenseman Mike Van Ryn
at 7:03 of the first period.
Kostopoulos will miss Tuesday's game vs. Ottawa, the Nov. 13 game at Boston and Nov. 15 vs. Philadelphia. He will be eligible to return Nov. 16 at St. Louis.