Tuesday, October 4, 2016
Blackhawks’ Niklas Hjalmarsson Suspended 1 Regular-Season Game
Blackhawks defenseman Niklas Hjalmarsson will be suspended for the remainder of the preseason and regular season game after a penalty charge to Saturday competition with the Blues.
Unless an appeal Hjalmarsson will miss the season opener Oct. 12 against the Blues. He will miss the final two contests of the preseason as well.
The shot occurred with 1:05 remaining in regulation during Saturday's game in which Hjalmarsson approached Blues Ty Rattie with speed, the league noted, then appeared to get into the head of Rattie. He was assessed a match penalty.
"Both players are weak and in an athletic position," the NHL said in a video explanation. "But rather than stay there and deliver blow to the shoulder or chest Rattie, Hjalmarsson launches, making substantial contact with its head."
This is the second Hjalmarsson career suspension. He was also suspended in October 2010. Hjalmarsson will forfeit $ 22,777.78 as a penalty.