Edmonton Oilers striker Zack Kassian was suspended for seven games by the NHL on Friday for kicking an opponent in the chest.
Kassian swung his right leg and kicked Tampa Bay striker Erik Cernak in the chest during a game on Thursday night. He received a personal hearing that allowed the player's security department to suspend him for more than seven games and waived that chance.
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At the end of the first period, Kassian and Cernak were trapped on the ice after being knocked over by Edmonton's Josh Archibald. Kassian looked directly at Cernak before kicking him and getting up.
The league said it agreed with Kassian that he was trying to break free, but said the kick was by no means justified. The Oilers argued that Kassian's kick was not strong, but the league says it is different from a blow, and any intentional or careless kick with a skateboard blade will not be tolerated.
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Kassian will lose US $ 166,463 as a result of the suspension, because he is a repeat offender. This is his fourth career suspension in 518 games in the regular season.
He was also suspended two games last month for his role in a fight with Matthew Tkachuk of Calgary.
Kassian will be eligible to return on February 29 against Winnipeg.