Leafs’ Joffrey Lupul Suspended for 2 Games for Illegal Hit to Victor Hedman

The National Hockey League’s Department of Player Safety announced today that Toronto Maple Leafs LW Joffrey Lupul for two games, without pay, for his illegal check to the head of Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Victor Hedman during the match up between the Leafs and the Lightning on Wednesday night.

Mar 20, 2013; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Victor Hedman (77) carries the puck against the Toronto Maple Leafs at the Air Canada Centre. Toronto defeated Tampa Bay 4-2. Mandatory Credit: John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports

The Department of Player Safety found the hit to be a clear violation of Rule #48, which states:

A hit resulting in contact with an opponent’s head where the head is targeted and the principal point of contact is not permitted.

During the game, Lupul was assessed a two minute penalty for an illegal check to the head.

Hedman did leave the game for a short period of time, but after being evaluated in the Lightning locker room, he was allowed to return to the game.

Under the Terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement between the NHL and the NHLPA, Lupul will forfeit $45,945.94 which will go to the Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund.

For further detail into the violation, you can check out the video below: (via NHL.com VideoCenter)

For more information on the NHL Department of Player Safety, you can follow them on Twitter here.

Do you think the justice was served for Victor Hedman? Do you think that his coach will pass judgment on him similar to that of what Ron Rolston, Interim Head Coach of the Buffalo Sabres, did to Patrick Kaleta after his suspension? Sound off in the comments below.

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Topics: Joffrey Lupul, Tampa Bay Lightning, Toronto Maple Leafs, Victor Hedman

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