Spezza suspension reduced to four games | The Canadian News

Jason Spezza’s suspension was reduced from six to four games.

The Toronto Maple Leafs forward is eligible to return Saturday when the Leafs play in Vancouver.

The suspension was the result of his knee knee to Winnipeg Jets defender Neal Pionk on December 5.

NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman heard Spezza’s appeal of the original decision in a hearing Tuesday and upheld the suspension, but with the deduction of two games.

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Pionk also received a two-game suspension for kneeing Toronto defender Rasmus Sandin in the same game.

Spezza hit Pionk, who had lost his cane, about 90 seconds later.

The ruling stated that as Spezza was preparing to make contact, “he shifted his weight to his right leg, lifted his left leg off the ice, bent down with his left knee in front of him and plunged his knee into Mr. Pionk’s head.” .

Pionk played the rest of the game, but was later diagnosed with a concussion.

This Canadian Press report was first published on December 17, 2021.

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