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Quincey suspended one game for charging Kopecky

Apr 2, 2012, 5:55 PM EDT

Detroit defenseman Kyle Quincey has been suspended one game for charging Florida Panthers forward  Tomas Kopecky early in the third period of Sunday’s contest at Joe Louis Arena.

Here’s league disciplinarian Brendan Shanahan with the explanation:

Quincey received a major penalty and game misconduct for elbowing on the play. And upon further review, the NHL didn’t buy his claim that he was bracing to “counter-hit” Kopecky.

“Any time a player launches prior to contact and makes excessive contact with an opponent’s head, he subjects himself to scrutiny and the possibility he may receive supplemental discipline,” said Shanahan.

The NHL did take into account Kopecky was able to return to the game and didn’t suffer an injury, as well as the fact Quincey has never been fined or suspended.

Quincey will forfeit $16,891.89 (or approximately one 2012 Mazda 3) under the terms of the CBA.

  1. themohel - Apr 2, 2012 at 8:27 PM

    These decisions are getting less predictable, when they should be getting more predictable. How to understand the Coyote (Doan?) decision (3), the Keith case (5), and this one in relation to each other. They don’t seem all that different from each other just looking at them. I’m a Hawks fan and I am fine with Keith getting 5, but they have to be more consistent if they want to change the behavior/culture of the league.

    • buckeye044 - Apr 2, 2012 at 10:41 PM

      Plays for Detroit, it’s surprising he was suspended at all.

      • michiganhockey11 - Apr 3, 2012 at 9:01 AM

        Don’t even talk about how many slashes Sid should have been called for the other day and since he’s been in the league. You can’t break your stick off on someone and pretend nothing happened.

  2. wingsrule12 - Apr 3, 2012 at 1:13 AM

    If he played for the Pens he would’ve been suspended or fined at al.

  3. hockeyknowledge - Apr 3, 2012 at 11:17 AM

    As long as one of the penguins is suspended. Oh wait, I guess not.

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