Los Angeles Kings ahead Brendan Lemieux has been suspended for 5 video games for biting Ottawa’s Brady Tkachuk in a win in opposition to the Senators on Saturday.
Lemieux, 25, will forfeit $38,750 in wage on account of the suspension.
“This is not a hockey play,” the NHL stated within the video. “This is a player delivering a forceful, intentional and potentially dangerous bite to the bare hand of another player with sufficient force to puncture the skin.”
The league stated its evaluation was supported by medical info submitted by the Senators’ coaching employees, in addition to the referee’s report.
The chunk to Tkachuk’s left hand occurred late within the third interval at Staples Heart within the Kings’ 4-2 win. The 2 have been wrestling and exchanging punches on the ice.
When referees managed to separate them, Tkachuk identified the chunk mark on his left hand and Lemieux acquired a match penalty.
Tkachuk, 22, was additionally bleeding from his proper hand, however the NHL stated it didn’t have sufficient proof to research that harm.
The NHL stated that “while circumstantial evidence supports the argument that Lemieux may have bitten Tkachuk multiple times” in the course of the struggle, the league is limiting its overview to the precise chunk seen on the video.
Lemieux joined the Kings in March in a trade with Rangers. He has 4 objectives, one help and 32 penalty minutes in 14 video games this season for LA.
He has been suspended twice and fined as soon as throughout his 194-game NHL profession. He’s the son of NHL alum Claude Lemieux, who was identified for his powerful, bodily play that led to self-discipline by the league.
Tkachuk, in the meantime, is the son of NHL legend Keith Tkachuk.
Lemieux’s suspension will conclude in time for him to rejoin the Kings on Dec. 11 in opposition to the Minnesota Wild.