New York, NY–Today St. Louis Blues forward Maxim Lapierre had his disciplinary hearing for his actions on Tuesday night when he checked San Jose Sharks defenseman Dan Boyle into the boards. Boyle ended up hitting his jaw along the ledge of the dasher boards and fell down with his back to the ice and left motionless for minutes. After the play, Lapierre, received a five minute fighting major along with a game misconduct.
The result of his actions for injuring Dan Boyle, he was handed a five game suspension. In accordance with the CBA, Lapierre will forfeit $28,205.15 of his current salary. The money he looses goes to the Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund.
Here’s the link of the video explanation: http://video.nhl.com/videocenter/console?catid=60&id=462673&lang=en
Lapierre has a history of this behavior against the Sharks because back in 2010 when he was a member of the Montreal Canadiens he crossed checked former San Jose forward Scott Nichol from behind. Nichol did not get injured on the play, but is goes to show you that he is not a popular player amongst the Sharks organization.
In Boyle’s absence, veteran defenseman Brad Stuart will be inserted in that spot in the Sharks lineup. It is unclear to when Dan Boyle will be returning to Sharks and at this point, the organization is not ready to make anything official on a potential return date.
Dan Boyle is entering into his final season of his current contract with the San Jose Sharks. However, there’s been some preliminary talks between both parties on a possible extension with the organization.
Stay tuned for further updates on this story.
Ryan Bayer Bay Sport Report Sharks Reporter @81Bayer
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