BOSTON -- New Jersey Devils defenseman Anton Volchenkov was suspended for four games by the NHL’s Department of Player Safety for his blatant elbow to the head of Bruins winger Brad Marchand in Wednesday’s 5-4 win over the Devils at the Prudential Center.
NHL Disciplinarian Brendan Shanahan called it “reckless contact to the head” and did reference a prior incident for elbowing involving Volchenkov despite stating that he didn’t qualify as a “repeat offender” under the NHL’s guidelines per the Collective Bargaining Agreement.
Marchand was diagnosed with a mild concussion.
Volchenkov was immediately ejected from the game with a five-minute major for elbowing and a game misconduct. Though Shanahan wouldn't call him a repeat offender, this isn't Volchenkov's first suspension. He was suspended three games during the 2010-11 season after elbowing Carolina defenseman Zach Boychuk.
Under the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement, and based on his average annual salary, Volchenkov will forfeit $91,891.88. The money goes to the Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund.