New York, NY (SportsNetwork.com) - The NHL has suspended Vancouver Canucks
defenseman Alex Edler three games without pay for an illegal check to the
head of San Jose Sharks forward Tomas Hertl.
The incident took place with 14 seconds left in the second period of
Vancouver's 4-1 loss to San Jose on Thursday.
"Edler does not hit Hertl squarely," explained NHL director of player safety
Brendan Shanahan in a video description of the incident. "He cuts across the
front of Hertl, making the head the main point of contact.
"Although Hertl is leaning forward, the position of his head does not
materially change immediately prior to, or simultaneous with the hit that
significantly contributes to this head contact. Aside from his helmet popping
up into the air, Hertl's reaction to this hit -- getting spun rather than
getting driven into the direction Edler was traveling -- reaffirms our view
that his head is the main point of contact."
Edler is considered a repeat offender under the terms of the Collective
Bargaining Agreement and based on his average annual salary, will forfeit
$182,926.83. The money goes to the Players' Emergency Assistance Fund.
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