Luke Witkowski Suspended 10 Games
Luke Witkowski, a Red Wings public service employee in Detroit, was suspended by the NHL for 10 games because of his actions in Wednesday's fight against the Calgary Flames.
The fight occurred with just under six minutes to play while the Red Wings led the Flames by a score of 6-2 following a fight between Witkowski and Brett Kulak. Witkowski clearly won the fight, and was quite annoyed towards the back offering to confront another member of the Flames squad after his withdrawal from Kulak.
After being escorted to the penalty area, Witkowski was a victim of party misconduct and was kicked off the ice. Matthew Tkachuk followed him on the bench with chirps and then gave a nice little peek at Witkowski's skate as he left the ice.
Witkowski did not want to hear anything of these shenanigans, resuming his place on the ice and trying to get a piece of Tkachuk or someone else in the neighborhood. All of the incident triggered a thrust disorder and fights during the waiting time of the television.
Under rule 70.6 of the NHL, "any player or goalkeeper who has been ordered by the referees to the locker room and returns to his bench or on the rink for any reason before the appropriate time shall receive a penalty of misconduct and will be automatically suspended without pay for the next 10 games of the regular league and / or playoffs. "
It's easy to see why Witkowski was suspended, clearly violating one of the NHL's rules. Tkachuk, however, will also have a hearing for his actions leading up to the fight. The referees gave him a 5 minute major for the harpoon and added bad conduct to the game. Even though his cock was minor, the actions taken were useless, immature, and may lead to a suspension of the young Flames striker.
Witkowski, 27, who the Red Wings signed as a free agent last summer, has only played 8 games this season. He has completed both the attacker and Wings defender functions, obtaining no points, 39 penalty minutes and a plus-1 differential.