Simon suspended for season and playoffs
Simon takes down Hollweg
3/11/2007 11:25:42 PM
New York Islanders forward Chris Simon has been suspended for the remainder of the 2006-07 regular season and the entirety of the Stanley Cup playoffs.
Simon is suspended a minimum of 25 games, including Saturday night's game against Washington plus the 14 that remain in the 2006-07 regular season. If the Islanders do not qualify for the 2007 playoffs, or play fewer than 10 playoff games in the 2007 playoffs, Simon would serve additional games at the start of the 2007-08 regular season to satisfy the minimum term of the suspension.
Simon was suspended indefinitely after he hit New York Rangers' Ryan Hollweg with a stick swing to the face on Thursday night. The Ranger forward needed stitches but was not seriously hurt.
Colin Campbell met with Simon early Saturday to discuss the incident.
''The National Hockey League will not accept the use of a stick in the manner and fashion in which Mr. Simon used his Thursday night,'' said Colin Campbell, NHL Senior Executive Vice President and Director of Hockey Operations. ''As a consequence of his actions, Mr. Simon has forfeited the privilege of playing in an NHL game again this season, regardless of how many games the Islanders ultimately play.''
The Islander forward expressed remorse for his actions in a statement on Saturday, "after watching the tape the morning after Thursday's game, I was disgusted. There is absolutely no place in hockey for what I did."
"I want to apologize to my team and Islanders fans everywhere. My actions Thursday night played a major part in our team losing a crucial game. I also want to apologize to the National Hockey League for the damage I have caused this great game of ours."
The 35-year-old Simon has 10 goals with 17 assist and 75 minutes in penalties over his 67 games this season.
Simon has spent 14 seasons in the NHL and has complied 1765 penalty minutes over that span. He has been suspended five times for various infractions over his career.
"Chris Simon has played a major role in our success this season and we will miss his presence in our lineup," said Islanders general manager Garth Snow. "His regret is clearly evident in the statement he released last night. Our entire organization supports Chris every step of the way."
Based on his $1-million contract, which expires at the conclusion of the 2006-07 season, Simon forfeits a minimum of $80,213.90. The money goes to the Players' Emergency Assistance Fund.