-- Detroit Red Wings
defenseman Brendan Smith
has been suspended for the remainder of the preseason and five regular-season games, without pay, for an illegal hit to the head of of Chicago forward Ben Smith
during a preseason game on September 28, NHL Senior Vice President of Player Safety Brendan Shanahan
Under the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement, and based on his average annual salary, Brendan Smith
will forfeit $23,648.65. The money goes to the Players' Emergency Assistance Fund.
At 5:26 of the third period, Brendan Smith
hit Ben Smith
in the head, injuring the Chicago player in the process. Brendan Smith
was assessed a match penalty.
will miss preseason games tonight vs. Toronto, tomorrow night at Toronto and Sunday vs. Pittsburgh. He also will miss five NHL regular-season games.
A full explanation of Shanahan's decision, complete with video, will be available on NHL.com later today.