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Mar 8, 2014

NHL Disipline: Kassian to sit for three

By on 8:56 AM

Brendan Shanahan, the Director of Player Safety, for the National Hockey League has announced a three game suspension for Zack Kassian of the Vancouver Canucks, following a dangerous hit from behind, in a game earlier this week, against the Dallas Stars.

Kassian is a repeat offender, and as such will sit for three games, for his hit from behind on Brenden Dillon of the Stars, late in the first period of the game Thursday night. Kassian was penalized with a five minute major for boarding and a game misconduct, on the play, and had he not been a repeat offender, might have received a one game suspension, but most likely a maximum fine, would have been the punishment.

The National Hockey League does, as policy, punish repeat offenders, more severely due to their history. Kassian was suspended earlier this season for a high sticking incident. The players assistance fund will benefit by $32,103, which is the value of the salary that Kassian will lose for sitting the three games.

When a player is suspended by the league, ,for conduct on the ice, the salary the player would have received for those games is forfeited to the league, and placed into the players assistance fund. The fund is used to assist former players, who have fallen into financial hardship, due to injury, or other factors, and was negotiated into the current Collective Bargaining Agreement between the league and the players.


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