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Jesse Winchester Suspended Three Games

Even as he’s about to be inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame, Brendan Shanahan‘s job never stops.

On Friday, Florida Panthers forward Jesse Winchester became the latest victim of the Shanaban. Winchester was given a three-game suspension for an elbow to the head of Boston Bruins forward Chris Kelly on Thursday night.

Winchester wasn’t penalized on the hit, but the Department of Player Safety didn’t let him off the hook.

Winchester’s hit can be seen in the Department of Player Safety’s suspension explanation video below.

Winchester clearly slows down and changes directions before getting the elbow high on Kelly, dropping him right away.

Winchester was off to a decent start this season, with four goals and three assists in 16 games.

This is Winchester’s first suspension, so he will forfeit $9,230.77 in salary ((3 games / 195 days in regular season) x $600,000 salary.)

Winchester becomes the 11th player to be suspended this season, and all have been suspended for an illegal check, whether it’s classified as a hit to the head, boarding, charging, or elbowing, as will likely be the case with Winchester.

The other players on the list include:

  • Brad Stuart, San Jose Sharks (Oct. 9, check to the head – three games)
  • Alexander Edler, Vancouver Canucks (Oct. 10, check to the head – three games)
  • Patrick Kaleta, Buffalo Sabres (Oct. 15, check to the head – 10 games)
  • Maxim Lapierre, St. Louis Blues (Oct. 18, boarding – five games)
  • Cody McLeod, Colorado Avalanche (Oct. 21, boarding – five games)
  • Michael Grabner, New York Islanders (Oct. 21, check to the head – two games)
  • Ryan Garbutt, Dallas Stars (Oct. 23, charging – five games)
  • Martin Hanzal, Phoenix Coyotes (Oct. 28, boarding – two games)
  • John Scott, Buffalo Sabres (Oct. 31, check to the head – seven games)
  • Carter Ashton, Toronto Maple Leafs (Nov. 1, boarding – two games)

In total, the 11 suspended players have lost a total of 47 games and forfeited $609,334.84 in salary, which brings this year’s tally closer to last season’s 16 suspensions.

Winchester will be eligible to return on Nov. 15 on the road against the Minnesota Wild.

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