The NHL took fast action action the forward.
UNIONDALE, N.Y. – New York Islanders forward Chris Simon was suspended indefinitely by the NHL on Friday for his stick-swinging hit to the face of Rangers center Ryan Hollweg.
Simon was given a match penalty for deliberate attempt to injure late in Thursday night’s 2-1 loss to the Rangers. The length of the suspension won’t be determined until after a disciplinary hearing. That hasn’t been scheduled but is expected to take place next week, likely in Toronto.
Simon was ejected with just more than 6 minutes left, and the ensuing power play led to the decisive goal in the Rangers’ victory.
Just seconds before he was hit, Hollweg drove Simon into the boards with a hard, clean check. Simon got up angrily and met Hollweg as they came together again. He then swung his stick into Hollweg’s face, just above his neck.
Hollweg’s chin was bloodied, but he was not seriously injured and expects to play Saturday when the Rangers visit Pittsburgh.
Simon has been suspended several times before by the league, and that could carry weight when the latest punishment is handed out.
While I haven’t seen the incident, I know a hockey stick can cause serious injury. This kind of behavior should be treated harshly, I’d suspend Simon for at least a half a season or more, including this year’s postseason. I’m not expecting much from the NHL, look how they handled this player’s assault on another player. Granted Bertuzzi couldn’t play during the lockout, but his NHL playing career was barely effected.
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