NHL suspends Georges Laraque for five games

Monday, 23.11.2009 / 8:10 PM / News
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NHL suspends Georges Laraque for five games
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TORONTO  – The National Hockey League announced Monday that Montreal Canadiens forward Georges Laraque has been suspended for five games, without pay for an incident that took place during NHL game #315 against the Detroit Red Wings on November 21.

At 8:52 of the first period, Laraque was involved in an incident where he deliberately extended his knee and, through his actions, caused an injury to Detroit defenseman Niklas Kronwall.  Laraque was assessed a minor penalty for tripping on the play.  

“Mr. Laraque's actions were dangerous and caused a significant injury to his opponent," said NHL Senior Executive Vice President of Hockey Operations Colin Campbell.

Laraque will miss Montreal’s next five games – Nov. 24 against Columbus; Nov. 25 at Pittsburgh; Nov. 28 against Washington, Dec. 1 against Toronto and Dec. 3 at Buffalo.  He will be eligible to return Dec. 4 against Boston.

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