NHL commissioner Gary Bettman has rejected Philadelphia Flyers ahead Jakub Voracek’s attraction of his two-game suspension, citing “clear and convincing proof” that justified the ban for interference on New York Islanders defenseman Johnny Boychuk.
Final Saturday in an eventual 5-2 win for the Flyers, Boychuk rapidly skated towards Voracek and the on-coming puck. Voracek, saying he feared for his security on a possible hit from Boychuk, leaned his physique into the Islanders defenseman, whose head collided with Voracek’s again. Boychuk was helped off the ice, although not earlier than he pointed to the penalty field and shouted “I’ll get you” on the Flyers ahead.
The Division of Participant Security suspended Voracek for 2 video games, regardless of it being the primary supplemental self-discipline of his profession. The Nationwide Hockey League Gamers’ Affiliation appealed the suspension on Voracek’s behalf — a uncommon transfer for a ban of simply two video games, however a vital one for the Flyers, who sit 5 factors out of the ultimate playoff spot within the Japanese Convention. Voracek missed their win over Ottawa on Monday, and now will miss their sport towards division-leading Washington on Thursday.
In his listening to with Bettman, Voracek acknowledged that he interfered with Boychuk on the play, however mentioned he was merely bracing himself for the hit relatively than lunging on the defenseman. Bettman disagreed, writing:
“Whereas I settle for Mr. Voracek’s rationalization that he thought Mr. Boychuk was going to provoke a examine, the video makes it clear that it was Mr. Voracek who initiated the contact. On the listening to, it was acknowledged that Mr. Voracek had different choices obtainable to him, however as a substitute Mr. Voracek moved into Mr. Boychuk’s path by taking a step to the left and driving upwards into him. The onus was on Mr. Voracek to keep away from inflicting a big blow to Mr. Boychuk’s head.”
Bettman mentioned that regardless of Voracek having “maintained a powerful character and clear document,” that does not absolve him from “the duty to play this sport in a secure method in accordance with the relevant guidelines.”
Voracek is eligible to return to the Flyers for Friday night time’s sport at Toronto. He has 18 targets and 43 assists in 66 video games this season.