The NHL announced Monday, that after reviewing the incident in which Los Angeles Kings forward Jordan Nolan hit Phoenix Coyotes defenseman Rostislav Klesla during the preseason game Sunday night between the two teams in Phoenix, the National Hockey League's Department of Player Safety has determined that no supplemental discipline is appropriate.
Although, Phoenix’s forward Paul Bissonnette has been assessed for a game misconduct penalty for leaving the bench on an illegal line change to join an altercation during the same pre-season game in Phoenix on Sunday night.
He has been automatically suspended without pay for 10 regular-season games. Also under the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement and based on his average annual salary, Bissonnette will have to forfeit $37,820.51. The money will go to the Players' Emergency Assistance Fund.
From the NHL:
At 12:09 of the first period, Bissonnette was assessed a game misconduct under Rule 70.6, which states: “A game misconduct penalty shall be imposed on the player who was the first or second player to leave the players’ or penalty bench during an altercation or for the purpose of starting an altercation, from either or both teams.”
The suspension is mandated by Rule 70.10, which states: “The first player to leave the players’ or penalty bench illegally during an altercation or for the purpose of starting an altercation from either or both teams shall be suspended without pay for the next 10 regular League and/or playoff games of his team.”
Bissonnette will be eligible to return to the Phoenix’s lineup on October 24 at Los Angeles.
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