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NHL fines NJ Devils defenseman Colin White $2,500 for hit on Sean Bergenheim
January 26, 2010, 12:29PM
Colin White said he never tried to hurt Sean Bergenheim when he hit the Islanders forward from behind during Saturday night's game at Nassau Coliseum, but it still cost him $2,500.
With the 5:00 boarding and game misconduct penalties against White, the incident was automatically reviewed by the league. White had a hearing via telephone on Monday.
"Just a fine, something like $2,500," White told me. "I'm not missing any games."
A suspension would have come as a shock to the veteran defenseman.
"I didn't think there would be a suspension," he said. "I didn't even think there would be a hearing."
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Devils junior prospect Patrice Cormier, of course, did not fare so well. He was suspended on Monday for the remainder of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League season, as well as the playoffs. That is a maximum of 48 games (20 regular season and potentially 28 playoff games.
Cormier issued a statement:
“I fully respect the Quebec Major Junior League’s decision regarding the Mikael Tam incident,” Cormier said. “I deeply regret the circumstances surrounding this event and wish Mikael Tam a speedy and full recovery."
Most Devils players feel the punishment was fair.
"I don't think I was surprised," Zach Parise said of the suspension. "I hate to say it, but that was dirty."
Linemate Jamie Langenbrunner offered his view.
"I do believe they got the suspension right," Langenbrunner said. "You never want to see that. But they probably suspended him for the result more than the action. If the kid (Tam) gets back up, he (Cormier) probably gets two games. That's something I don't like."
I will have much more on this subject later today.
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It won't be Brodeur vs. Brodeur Tuesday night since Brian Elliott will start in goal for the Senators instead of Mike Brodeur.
Mike Brodeur, who says he is a distant relative to Martin, said he is disappointed.
"Definitely. I'd love to play against Marty," he told me. "It would be a dream come true."
Martin has said the two aren't related, which brought a smile to Mike's face.
"I don't know for sure," he said. "Maybe my uncle i just blowing smoke. If there is a connection, it's way down there. But it's a cool name to have, for sure. He's made it cool."
Martin said he has asked his father about Mike and there is no connection.
"I didn't think he was my cousin until he had the shutout and beat Montreal," Marty said. "Now he's my cousin."
What would Bodeur vs. Brodeur have been like?
"It would be tough for the announcers," Martin said. "Or easier."
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