Nashville Predators forward Scott Nichol has been suspended for five games, without pay, for an incident involving Montreal Canadiens defenseman Patrice Brisebois on Dec. 1, the National Hockey League announced today.
Nichol was assessed a double minor for highsticking at 16:40 of the second period.
"The crosscheck by Mr. Nichol to the head area of his opponent was reckless and dangerous," said Colin Campbell, NHL Senior Executive Vice President of Hockey Operations. "Although no serious injury resulted, the action is unacceptable."
Nichol, who was suspended nine games for an incident in December, 2006, now is considered a repeat offender under the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement. Accordingly, he forfeits $45,731.70 in salary based on the number of games in the season (82), rather than the number of days (187). The money goes to the Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund.
Nichol will miss Nashville's next five games -- Dec. 4 at Toronto, Dec. 6 vs. Vancouver, Dec. 8 vs. Anaheim, Dec. 10 vs. Detroit and Dec. 13 vs. Colorado. He will be eligible to return Dec. 15 at Colorado.