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Derek MacKenzie suspended three games by NHL Dept. of Player Safety

Friday, 01.03.2014 / 4:30 PM / News
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Derek MacKenzie suspended three games by NHL Dept. of Player Safety
Blue Jackets center Derek MacKenzie has been suspended three games for a hit on Coyotes defenseman Oliver Ekman-Larsson.

NEW YORK – Columbus Blue Jackets forward Derek MacKenzie has been suspended for three games, without pay, for boarding Phoenix Coyotes defenseman Oliver Ekman-Larsson during NHL Game No. 620 in Phoenix on Thursday, Jan. 2, the National Hockey League's Department of Player Safety announced today.

The incident occurred at 8:46 of the first period. No penalty was assessed for the hit.

Under the terms of the collective Bargaining Agreement and based on his average annual salary, MacKenzie will forfeit $15,384.63. The money goes to the Players' Emergency Assistance Fund.

For a full explanation of the decision, complete with video, please click on the following link: http://video.nhl.com/videocenter/console?catid=60&id=527989

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