TORONTO (February 9, 2011) -- Pittsburgh Penguins forward Matt Cooke has been suspended for four games and will forfeit $87,804.88 for a charging incident involving Columbus Blue Jackets defenseman Fedor Tyutin in NHL game #804 last night, the National Hockey League announced today.
“Two factors were considered in reaching this decision: Cooke delivered a forceful hit from behind on an unsuspecting opponent; also, he is considered a repeat offender under the League’s supplemental discipline rules," said NHL Senior Executive Vice President of Hockey Operations Colin Campbell.
Cooke was suspended for two games on Nov. 28, 2009 and under the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement forfeits his salary 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.
The incident occurred at 14:42 of the first period and Cooke was assessed a major penalty for charging on the play.
Cooke will miss the Penguins' next four games -- Feb. 10 vs. Los Angeles, Feb. 11 at New York Islanders, Feb. 13 at New York Rangers and Feb. 16 at Colorado. He is eligible to return Feb. 20 at Chicago.