Kings’ Brendan Lemieux suspended five games for biting opponent


November 24, 2021; Los Angeles, California, United States; Los Angeles Kings left winger Brendan Lemieux (48) warms up before the game against the Toronto Maple Leafs at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

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2021-12-01 03:16:31 GMT + 00: 00 – Los Angeles Kings forward Brendan Lemieux was suspended for five games on Tuesday for biting the Ottawa Senators forward Brady Tkachuk in a fight on Saturday.

After Tkachuck showed officials the bite and blood on his hand, Lemieux received a match penalty and was sent off. The NHL has offered him an in-person hearing with the Department of Player Safety, which signals a suspension of more than five games is being considered.

“While on the ice, Lemieux, feeling Tkachuk’s hands on his face as they wrestle, bites Tkachuk on his bare left hand and does so with substantial force,” a Department of Justice official said. player safety in a video explanation.

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The official said Lemieux argued Tkachuk’s injury could have occurred by hitting Lemieux in the tooth with enough force to puncture the skin.

“The video evidence does not corroborate this version of events,” the official said.

Lemieux had a history of discipline that the department took into account. Previously, he was suspended for two games in November 2018 for an illegal failure at the head of Florida Panthers forward Vincent Trocheck. In July 2020, Lemieux was suspended for two games for an illegal hitting that injured Colorado Avalanche forward Joonas Donskoi.

Tkachuk called Lemieux back after the game for his behavior.

“It’s outrageous,” Tkachuk said, according to the Ottawa Sun. “Kids don’t even do that (bite) anymore. Babies do that. I don’t even know what he was thinking. He’s just a full brick head. Joke he is.”

The Kings were scheduled to face the Anaheim Ducks on Tuesday night. Lemieux will be out until a Dec. 11 game against the Minnesota Wild.

–Field level media

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