Hockey

Scott Nichol suspended 5 games by NHL

Nashville Predators forward Scott Nichol was slapped Monday with a five-game suspension for a vicious crosscheck to the chin of Montreal Canadiens defenceman Patrice Brisebois.

Nashville Predators forward Scott Nichol was slapped Monday with a five-game suspension for a vicious crosscheck to the chin.

Nichol, 32, whacked defenceman Patrice Brisebois with the shaft of his stick in last Saturday's 5-4 shootout victory over the Montreal Canadiens.

Nichol is eligible to return Dec. 15 and will forfeit $45,732 US in salary.

"The crosscheck by Mr. Nichol to the head area of his opponent was reckless and dangerous," NHL disciplinarian Colin Campbell said. "Although no serious injury resulted, the action is unacceptable."

Nichol is considered a repeat offender by the NHL, having been suspended nine games last Dec. 21 for delivering a sucker-punch to Buffalo Sabres defenceman Jaroslav Spacek in a 7-2 setback.

The Edmonton native has one goal and one assist for two points with 30 penalty minutes in 20 games for Nashville this season.

Nichol has totalled 31 goals and 66 points in 321 NHL games since being drafted by Buffalo in the 11th round (272nd overall) in 1993.

He has played for the Sabres, Detroit Red Wings, Calgary Flames, Chicago Blackhawks and Predators.

With files from the Associated Press

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