Toronto Maple Leafs’ defenseman and captain Dion Phaneuf has been suspended for two games following a boarding hit on Boston Bruins defenseman Kevan Miller. The game was on Sunday, December 8. There was no call on the hit during the game.
Phaneuf is known for his big hits. He is no stranger to the penalty box, either. He has recorded 833 penalty minutes in 631 NHL games (Calgary and Toronto). Phaneuf is forced to surrender two games without pay, which based on his salary, is $66,666.66. This amount will be added in to the Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund. He currently has two goals and ten assists in 31 games this season.
Phaneuf is the fifth Leafs player to be suspended this year. The others include Nazem Kadri (three games), Carter Ashton (two games), Phil Kessel (three games), and David Clarkson (ten games). Phaneuf will miss the games against the Los Angeles Kings and the St. Louis Blues. He will return Saturday at home against the Chicago Blackhawks.
In case you missed it, here is the video of the hit. As you can see, it was pretty bad hit.
Here is another great Brenden Shanahan explanation video brought to us from NHL.com. Here is the breakdown of the suspension.