Posted September 24, 2013

Maple Leafs forward Phil Kessel suspended rest of preseason for slashing

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Maple Leafs forward Phil Kessel is suspended for three preseason games for slashing. (Getty Images)

Toronto Maple Leafs right winger Phil Kessel is suspended for three preseason games for slashing. (Getty Images)

The National Hockey League suspended Toronto Maple Leafs forward Phil Kessel on Tuesday three preseason games for slashing Buffalo Sabres forward John Scott on Sunday, the league announced.

The slash occurred in the third period of the game and a match penalty for slashing (attempting to injure) was assessed on the play.

Kessel slashed Scott twice and gave him a spear, and he was ejected from the contest. His slash erupted into a benches-clearing brawl.

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The league has said they endorse the use of a swinging stick for self-defense.

Brendan Shanahan, the league’s Director of Player Safety, explained the suspension for Kessel.


4 comments
Rottie20
Rottie20

Oh and Kessel....you fight like a little girl.  What are you going to do next pull the players hair!  Actually, this happened in Canada...I wonder if charges will be brought against him using his stick as a weapon.

Rottie20
Rottie20

Exact;y Jim22.  A slash like that should be at least a 10 game suspension, and if a repeat, you double the games.  But this is what happens when the "Dean of Discipline" is a person who played with a lot of these guys.

Same thing with players hitting the head of another player...that should be a 4 month suspension...yeh it is a lot, but once your teammates start getting on you for not being there for them, they will get the hint.  And if not, for a second offence, make it the season, including the playoffs!  This kind of crap needs to get out of hockey.  I would rather see a fight that this crap....at least with a fight you have two guys that know what is going on and not being taken by surprise.  

Jim22
Jim22

And the NHL wonders why they and Shanahan are a joke !!!  3 preseason games, REALLY ????

Tmad
Tmad

Didn't know about the recent issue in Philly.  I always thought he got unfairly ripped for being soft but he's not soft, he an a-hole who thinks his stick is for administering his own supplemental discipline.  He should have gotten yanked for the Philly hacking too.  

But now he knows that the league is serious- 3 preseason games!  How will he bear it?