Detroit Red Wings forward Luke Witkowski was suspended for 10 games by the NHL Department of Player Safety on Thursday.
Witkowski was automatically suspended under rule 70.6 for actions during a game against the Calgary Flames on Wednesday. He returned to the ice to take part in an altercation after being escorted off by an official.
Rule 70.6 states in part, "Any player who has been ordered to the dressing room by the officials and returns to his bench or to the ice surface for any reason before the appropriate time shall be assessed a game misconduct and shall be suspended automatically without pay for the next ten (10) regular League and/or Play-off games."
Witkowski has no points in eight games this season. He would be eligible to return on Dec. 11.