— NHL Public Relations (@PR_NHL) March 13, 2019
Here’s the release:
NEW YORK (March 13, 2019) – NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman today upheld the two-game suspension that was assessed to Philadelphia Flyers forward Jakub Voracek by the Department of Player Safety for interference against New York Islanders defenseman Johnny Boychuk during NHL Game No. 1052 in New York on March 9.
Commissioner Bettman heard Voracek’s appeal of the original decision, assessed March 10, at a hearing in New York on March 12.
Under the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement and, based on his average annual salary, Voracek will forfeit $88,709.68. The money goes to the Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund.
The incident occurred at 5:41 of the third period. Voracek was assessed a major penalty for interference.
And here’s the video, after the jump, where you see Voracek appear to brace for contact near the boards:
Jake Voracek injures Johnny Boychuk with a hit. Boychuk tells him "I will get you" pic.twitter.com/YDhon3hUxs
— Brady Trettenero (@BradyTrett) March 10, 2019
No big deal, in my opinion. This is ice hockey, not girly soccer. Carry on.
Finally, Bettman’s explanation of why this jawn was upheld:
Jake won’t play tomorrow against the Caps. If the Flyers miss the playoffs, I’m blaming Gary Bettman.