Vancouver Canucks forward Alex Burrows has been suspended for three games, without pay, for a late, illegal check to the head of Montreal Canadiens defenseman Alexei Emelin during NHL Game No. 147 in Vancouver on Thursday, October 30, the National Hockey League's Department of Player Safety announced today.
The incident occurred at 8:23 of the second period.
Under the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement and, based on his average annual salary, Burrows will forfeit $72,580.65. The money goes to the Players' Emergency Assistance Fund.
Click through to the link above to see the league's explanation.
Burrows won't be in the lineup against the Oilers, which is just a terrible shame, really. We won't get to see that extra special brand of Canucks hockey we've all come to know. Burrows, whose numbers have collapsed without the Sedins around to drag him up and down the ice and bank pucks into the net off of him, is auditioning for the Matt Cooke role that he's apparently going to have to fill to stay in the league.
On the bright side for Burrows, he'll always have a second career to fall back on.