Tom Kostopoulos’s disciplinary hearing was today by phone.
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Canadiens forward Tom Kostopoulos has been suspended three games for his hit of Toronto’s Mike Van Ryn Saturday night.
He will be unavailable to the team tomorrow night vs. Ottawa, Thursday in Boston and back home Saturday vs. Philadelphia.
From NHL.com: Under the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement, Kostopoulos is considered a repeat offender, having been suspended one game last season for a fight, and will lose $32,926.83 from his salary. As a repeat offender, the salary forfeit is based on games in the season (82) rather than the number of days (186). The money goes to the Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund.
A statement from Kostopoulos released by the Canadiens:
"First and foremost, I sincerely regret the injuries suffered by Mike Van Ryn. This is an unfortunate turn of events. I was just trying to get in on the forecheck and get the puck. I didn’t anticipate him turning and couldn’t stop.
"I was trying to finish my check and obviously it did not end up well. I never intend on injuring another player. I feel bad. I hope he is going to be all right and resume playing as quickly as possible."
• Go here to see Maple Leafs coach Ron Wilson address the situation in his post-practice comments today, before the suspension was announced.