NEW YORK (KMOX/AP) – Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Niklas Hjalmarsson has been suspended for the first game of the regular season against against St. Louis.
His open-ice hit on Blues forward Ty Rattie in a preseason game on Saturday was the cause of his suspension, which also includes the rest of the preseason.
If you haven’t seen the hit yet:
Rattie told reporters after that game he was fine, then recorded an assist in Monday’s game against Washington. Hjalmarsson’s suspension will also cost him $23,000 in salary.
Hjalmarsson has played 37 career, regular-season games against the Blues. In those games he’s acquired 17 penalty minutes, the third most for him against any single team.
The Blues have two games remaining in the 2016 preseason. Wednesday they host Washington at 7 p.m., then host the Blackhawks on Saturday, Oct. 8, at 7 p.m. Both of those games can be heard on KMOX or Y98 HD3.
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