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RED WINGS’ NYQUIST SUSPENDED SIX GAMES FOR HIGH-STICKING

Detroit Red Wings forward Gustav Nyquist has been suspended for six games, without pay, for high-sticking Minnesota Wild defenseman Jared Spurgeon during NHL Game No. 829 in Minnesota on Sunday, Feb. 12, the National Hockey League’s Department of Player Safety announced today.

The incident occurred at 14:13 of the first period. Nyquist was assessed a double-minor for high-sticking.

Under the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement and, based on his average annual salary, Nyquist will forfeit $158,333.34. The money goes to the Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund.

For a full explanation of the decision, complete with video, please click on the following link: https://www.nhl.com/video/t-277440360/c-49454403.

Stick swinging incidents and viscious slashes are not common place in the NHL, but the league has had to deal with its fair share of infractions.  Nyquist was definitely in the wrong, but looked as though he was shocked at his actions as soon as he slashed/speared Spurgeon.  Nyquist elected not to meet with the Department of Player Safety in person and met via phone conference.  All indications were that Nyquist accepeted responsibility and was remorseful for his actions.

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