By Sarah Berkowitz
Yet another bully boy has been lost tot he Flyers because of goon-like play.
Flyers forward Dale Weise was suspended three games yesterday for an illegal check to the head of Anaheim Ducks defenseman Korbinian Holzer.
Weise pinched in the zone and delivered a crushing hit to Holzer’s head with his elbow. Weise wasn’t penalized on the play, and Holzer was relatively uninjured.
The National Hockey League’s Department of Player Safety announced the ruling and explained why in a video.
Weise’s suspension history also played into the ruling. The 28-year-old was disciplined one other time during his 371-game career, also for an illegal check to the head.
Weise will forfeit $39,166.68, and the money goes to the Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund.
The NHL explained that Holzer never changed his trajectory, and that in the league’s opinion, the blow to the head could have been avoided.
Weise will be the third Flyers player to miss a game this season due to suspension. Defenseman Radko Gudas was banned six games for interference against Bruins forward Austin Czarnik during a preseason contest. Flyers forward Brayden Schenn missed the first three contests with a suspension that carried over from last season’s playoffs.