The NHL’s department of player safety announced on Monday night that Edmonton Oilers forward Matt Hendricks will be suspended three games for boarding Florida Panthers defenseman Aaron Ekblad.
The incident happened during the third period of the Panthers’ 2-1 victory in Edmonton on Sunday. Ekblad was going for a loose puck behind the net when he was nailed by Hendricks.
Ekblab was visibly shaken after his face hit the glass. He had trouble standing and was immediately sent to the locker room. Ekblad did return later in the period, but sustained an upper body injury during the hit which resulted in him missing Monday nights game. According to head coach Gerard Gallant there is no timetable for his return.
No penalty was issued on the play for the hit, but the NHL department of player safety later spoke by phone to Hendricks and handed him a 3 game suspension.
The three-game suspension for Matt Hendricks will cost him $29,838.72 in salary. #oilers
— Chris Johnston (@reporterchris) January 12, 2016
This is the first time Hendricks has been suspended in his 444-game career. The 34-year-old is eligible to return Jan. 18 in Florida.
Below is NHL’s explanation for the punishment handed to Hendricks.