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NHL suspends Nick Boynton for Blackhawks' season opener for making 'cutthroat' motion

Sep 24, 2010, 3:45 PM EDT

Ah, the “cutthroat” or throat-slashing gesture. It’s been a time-(dis)honored hand motion that makes me nostalgic for the days when a wrestling pay-per-view was the pinnacle of entertainment for my eight year old self.

Apparently the NHL’s disciplinary decision makers aren’t big professional wrestling fans, though. The league just announced that the Chicago Blackhawks defenseman will be suspended from the team’s regular season opener on October 7 for making that motion after a fight in a preseason game.

Under the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement, and based on his average annual salary, Boynton will forfeit $2,688.17. The money goes to the Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund.

The incident occurred at 13:04 of the second period. He was assessed a game misconduct (Rule 75.5) on the play.

Here is a video clip of a bloodied Boynton making the hand motion.

So, let’s take a quick look at the league’s suspension standards.

  • If you make a childish remark about an opposing team’s player and your ex-girlfriend, you earn a six game suspension.
  • If you hit someone with an unnecessary blindside hit (before this coming season?) and ruin his career, you get suspended for exactly 0 games.
  • If you make a caveman-like macho gesture like the throat slashing hand motion, you get a one game suspension.

OK, then.

  1. KingDonko - Sep 24, 2010 at 3:57 PM

    NHL really needs to get their crap together. Agreed with the length of games missed for childish crap compared to on ice playing… I’m still pissed when they gave Ohlund a 2game susp. for hacking Koivu. league is a joke!

  2. PolegoJim - Sep 24, 2010 at 5:47 PM

    Pretty cowardly move after getting decked in a fair fight and having your face planted in the ice.
    Classless goon, you got nailed.

  3. StakeX - Sep 24, 2010 at 6:48 PM

    This is nothing short of a complete joke, and the latest in a growing list of terrible suspension calls by the NHL. Avery was suspended for six games due to comments made off the ice, and not about the game… and now a player is suspended for a non-obssen hand gesture? Give me a friggen break! You know how often pro hockey players say to eachother “You’re ****ing dead!” or “I’m going to kick you’re ***!”… or a countless number of far worse comments? This was just a hand gesture saying the same thing thats said on the ice 5 times a shift.
    People really need to learn not to be so sensitve, and Bettman needs to be ousted before he turns hockey into a Tennis/Golf hybrid, even more so then he has already tried to.

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