Rene Bourque of the Calgary Flames has been suspended a total of five games for elbowing the Nicklas Backstrom. The incident occurred midway through the third period of the January 3rd versus the Washington Capitals. A minor penalty was assessed at the time. A video of the cheap elbow can be seen below:
For Bourque, this is the second time he’s been suspended this year. This classifies him as a repeat offender and contributed to the length of the suspension. This type of hit is exactly what Brendan Shanahan and the league is trying to get rid off. Backstrom didn’t have the puck and Bourque, out of frustration or retaliation, went out of his way to hit him. Shanahan’s video explaining the suspension can be viewed here.
The Flames will miss Bourque in his five game absence. The Flames have a tough schedule with upcoming games against Boston, Minnesota, and Los Angeles. He is currently third on the team in goals and sixth on the team in points. He averages about 18:00 minutes of ice time a game and provides depth on both the power play and penalty kill.
Rene Bourque will forfeit $203,252.05 in salary during his five game suspension. The money will directly go to the Player’s Emergency Assistance Fund. Bourque is eligible to return to action on January 17 versus the San Jose Sharks.
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