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BREAKING: NHL Player Handed Massive Suspension After Intently Trying To Injury A Player

Published January 19, 2024 at 7:40 PM

In a recent development, Seattle Kraken forward Yanni Gourde has come under scrutiny after being called in for a hearing with the NHL Department of Player Safety. The incident in question occurred during the Kraken's 4-2 loss to the Edmonton Oilers, with the focus on Gourde's actions against Oilers defenseman Mattias Ekholm in the final moments of the third period.

In a notable play, Gourde can be observed leaving his feet and launching high onto Ekholm, who was retrieving the puck with his body facing the boards in the Oilers' end. The Kraken forward received a major penalty for charging, sparking expectations of a review by the NHL Department of Player Safety.

Interestingly, on the same play, Ekholm was penalized with a two-minute minor for roughing against Gourde. The Oilers capitalized on the ensuing power play, securing the victory with a goal from forward Zach Hyman.

The NHL Department of Player Safety's verdict has now been revealed – Gourde is suspended for two games due to the charging incident. This decision adds a layer of consequence to the on-ice actions and intensifies the conversation surrounding player safety.

Gourde's suspension means he will miss upcoming games against the Toronto Maple Leafs and the Chicago Blackhawks. However, he will be eligible to return when the Kraken hosts the St. Louis Blues next Friday. As the forward, with seven goals and 19 points in 45 games this season, sits out, the Kraken faces challenges in his absence, impacting their lineup dynamics in the coming contests.
January 19   |   91 answers
BREAKING: NHL Player Handed Massive Suspension After Intently Trying To Injury A Player

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