Zac Rinaldo, Bruins forward, suspended 5 games for illegal hit to the head
Repeat offender will forfeit nearly $52K US in salary
Boston Bruins forward Zac Rinaldo was suspended for five games by the NHL on Tuesday for delivering an illegal check to the head of an opponent on Sunday night.
Rinaldo served a minor penalty for checking Tampa Bay Lightning forward Cedric Paquette in the head during a 4-1 Boston win.
The NHL said Rinaldo is considered a repeat offender and will forfeit $51,829.25 US in salary.
Rinaldo was kicked out of a game against the Philadelphia Flyers in October for a high hit on Sean Couturier. Rinaldo was not suspended.
In January of 2015, Rinaldo was given a game misconduct following a questionable hit from behind on Pittsburgh defenceman Kris Letang. He was later suspended eight games for charging and boarding.
During the 2013-14 season, the NHL barred Rinaldo four games for an illegal hit to the head of Buffalo defenceman Chad Ruhwedel.
Rinaldo, whom Philadelphia traded to Boston in June for a 2017 third-round draft pick, has no points and 25 minutes in penalties in six games this season.
The 25-year-old native of Mississauga, Ont., accrued only 24 points in 223 games with 572 penalty minutes in four seasons with the Flyers. While leading the team with 209 hits last season, he also had a minus-30 rating with Philadelphia and averaged eight minutes three seconds of ice time.