Colorado Avalanche captain Gabriel Landeskog has been suspended two games by the National Hockey League for his hit against Chicago Blackhawks center Kirby Dach in Wednesday night’s game in Denver.
Landeskog, who has already been suspended three times by the league for various infractions, was assessed a two-minute collision penalty on the play, which took place in the third period of the game.
On the play, Landeskog skated on the ice and pushed Dach into the wall near the center of the ice. Dach was on one knee after rounding another Colorado player, and the league felt that put him in a vulnerable position at the time of Landeskog’s shot.
Explaining the decision, a league spokesperson said Landeskog gave a “powerful push that sent Dach dangerously into the wall” and that the Avalanche captain was in control and could have chosen not to hit. Dach or hit him in a less dangerous way.
Speed and force of the blow, along with previous suspensions from Landeskog, were also cited as factors causing the suspension.
Dach was able to stay in the game.