Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Duncan Keith has been suspended for six games for a high sticking incident that took place during Tuesday’s game against the Minnesota Wild.
After Minnesota’s Charlie Coyle knocked him to the ice, Keith turned over and swung his stick at Coyle, connecting with the bridge of Coyle’s nose. Coyle left the ice for treatment by medical personnel but did return to the game.
Keith was given a match penalty and ejected from the game by referees Tim Peel and Kyle Rehman.
With the suspension, Keith will miss the remainder of the regular season and the Blackhawks’ first postseason game.
From the NHL Department of Player Safety:
Keith has been suspended before, once for a similar incident, which led Player Safety’s Patrick Burke to call the incident “an intentional and retaliatory act of violence by a player with a history of using his stick as a weapon.”
As a result of the suspension, Keith forfeits $148,883.35 in salary.