Buffalo Sabres forward Patrick Kaleta has been suspended for five games, without pay, for boarding New York Rangers forward Brad Richards during Sunday's game in New York City, the National Hockey League's department of player safety announced Monday.
Kaleta is considered a repeat offender under the terms of the collective bargaining agreement. Based on his average annual salary, he will forfeit $76,219.25. The money goes to the players' emergency assistance fund.
The incident occurred at 3:28 of the third period. Kaleta was assessed a major penalty for checking from behind and game misconduct.
For a full explanation of the department of player safety's decision, complete with video, click on the following link:http://video.nhl.com/videocenter/console?catid=60&id=212619.