FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE / MARCH 15, 2008
NEW YORK/TORONTO (March 15, 2008) -- Anaheim Ducks defenseman Chris Pronger has been suspended for eight games, without pay, for acting carelessly and recklessly in an incident against the Vancouver Canucks in NHL Game #1062 on March 12.
The incident occurred after Pronger became entangled with Canucks forward Ryan Kesler, who had fallen to the ice.
"In attempting to free himself, Pronger carelessly and recklessly brought his foot down," said Colin Campbell, NHL Senior Executive Vice President and Director of Hockey Operations.
There was no injury to Kesler, and no penalty was assessed.
Under the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement, Pronger is considered a repeat offender. He will forfeit $609,756.08 in salary. The money goes to the Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund.
Pronger will be eligible to return Sunday, April 6, against the Phoenix Coyotes.