The NHL has handed down a five-game suspension for Los Angeles Kings winger Brendan Lemieux for biting Ottawa Senators star Brady Tkachuk twice during a scuffle on the ice at the Staples Center last weekend.
The NHL’s Department of Player Safety announced the news on Tuesday night.
According to NBC Sports, there was evidence that Lemieux bit Tkachuk more than one time and one of the bites was clearly captured on camera. Along with his suspension, Lemieux will forfeit $38,700 of his salary.
Brendan Lemieux just BIT Brady Tkachuk TWICE. pic.twitter.com/mcLO3ojEMj
— Everyday Sens (@EverydaySens) November 28, 2021
“This is not a hockey play,” the NHL said. “This is a player delivering a forceful, intentional and potentially dangerous bite to the hand of another player with sufficient force to puncture the skin. Such actions will not be tolerated.”
Lemieux will be eligible to return on December 11 against the Minnesota Wild. This season, Lemieux, who is the son of former NHL player Claude Lemieux, has recorded four goals in 14 games.