NHL: two-game suspension for Michael Rasmussen

NHL: two-game suspension for Michael Rasmussen


National Hockey League (NHL) Player Safety issued a two-game suspension to Detroit Red Wings forward Michael Rasmussen on Friday.

During the second period of the game against the Boston Bruins on Thursday night, the Michigan forward made an initially legal check against David Krejci. However, by completing his gesture, he struck a violent blow with his stick to the head of his opponent and inherited a minor penalty on the sequence, for “high stick”.

Krejci was also injured on the streak, he who immediately retired to the bench.

Rasmussen would have defended his case by mentioning that he had never acted with “malicious intentions” to hurt his opponent, an excuse that the player safety department accepted, without however giving a reason for the gesture.


“Nevertheless, all players are responsible for their stick,” can be heard in the explainer video of the Bettman circuit.

This is Rasmussen's first career suspension, he who played 189 games in the NHL, amassing 62 points in the process.