NHL suspends Murray for three games, apologizes to Kostka after the game

The NHL Department of Player and Safety has suspended Douglas Murray for three games for his illegal hit on Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Mike Kostka.


NEW YORK — Montreal Canadiens defenseman Douglas Murray has been suspended for three games, without pay, for an illegal check to the head of Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Michael Kostka during NHL Game No. 1135 in Tampa on Tuesday, April 1, the National Hockey League’s Department of Player Safety announced today.

The incident occurred at 17:47 of the third period. Murray was assessed a match penalty for illegal check to the head.

Under the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement and, based on his average annual salary, Murray will forfeit $23,076.93. The money goes to the Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund.

For a full explanation of the decision, complete with video, please click on the following link:http://video.nhl.com/videocenter/console?catid=60&id=593892&lang=en.


Douglas Murray also apologized to Mike Kostka via text after the game,

“Classy move,” Kostka said. “I don’t think he had malicious intent, but needless to say it was a bad hit.”

Koskta said after leaving the ice for the trainers’ room it took him about 20 minutes to realize what was going on. The defenseman did not have any recollection of the hit, but had a chance to watch it on tape.

“It was a pretty nasty scary looking hit,” Kostka said. “I’m thankful I’m standing today.” – lightning.nhl.com


Here is the video once again,