Friday, February 27, 2009

Brendan Witt Receives 5 Games for Elbowing Incident

As predicted the NHL was not lenient when it came to disciplining Brendan Witt. He received a 5 game suspension today after facing an NHL hearing. Here is the story from


New York Islanders defenceman Brendan Witt was suspended five games Friday for an elbow to Toronto Maple Leafs' Niklas Hagman on Thursday night.

Witt had a disciplinary hearing with NHL's senior vice-president and director of hockey operations, Colin Campbell on Friday.

The incident happened in the third period of the Maple Leafs' 5-4 shootout win over the Islanders.

Witt was assessed a 5-minute major and a game misconduct on the play.

The veteran defenceman has seven assists and a minus-31 over his 49 games with the Islanders this season.

On Friday, Maple Leafs head coach Ron Wilson said Hagman would be sent back to Toronto and not play on Saturday in Ottawa against the Senators.

For the record, Witt was NOT assessed a Game Misconduct but rather a 10-minute misconduct which effectively took him out of the remainder of the contest.

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