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NHL suspends Olli Jokinen three games for cross-check

Nov 18, 2010, 4:51 PM EDT

Olli Jokinen

To the surprise of few, the NHL decided to suspend Calgary Flames forward Olli Jokinen. It’s unclear what determined the number of games (many will joke that they spun a Wheel of Justice, much like TV’s Wheel of Fortune or that huge awesome one on the Price is Right), but the league handed Jokinen a three game suspension for that cross-check on Wojtek Wolski.

(Here’s a link to the original post on this subject.)

Jokinen will miss the Flames’ next three games – Nov. 19 vs. the Chicago Blackhawks, Nov. 21 at the Detroit Red Wings and Nov. 22 at New York Rangers. He is eligible to return Nov. 24 as the Flames take on the New Jersey Devils in Newark.

According to NHL.com’s estimates, he’ll lose $48,387.09 in salary from the suspension, which will be given to the Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund.

Here is a video of the senseless hit. After viewing the video, please participate in our poll to determine whether or not the suspension length was appropriate.

And here is the poll.

  1. Rosenthals Speling Instrukter - Nov 19, 2010 at 8:55 AM

    He looks like a goon, I mean I have met him last year at a restaurant and he is a very nice person who appreciates NHL fans but he definitely has the look of a goon.

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