New York Islanders\' Chris Simon. (CPimages/AP Photo/Don Heupel)
The suspension is for a minimum of 25 games. Simon was not allowed to play Saturday and will miss the Islanders' remaining 14 games. If his team does not qualify for the playoffs or plays fewer than 10 playoff games this spring, Simon would serve additional games at the start of the 2007-08 season to satisfy the minimum term of the suspension.
"The National Hockey League will not accept the use of a stick in the manner and fashion in which Mr. Simon used his Thursday night," said Colin Campbell, NHL senior executive vice-president and director of hockey operations. "As a consequence of his actions, Mr. Simon has forfeited the privilege of playing in an NHL game against this season, regardless of how many games the Islanders ultimately play."
Based on his US$1-million contract, which expires at the conclusion of the season, Simon forfeits a minimum of $80,213.90. The money goes to the players' emergency assistance fund.
The incident occurred at 13:29 of the third period. Hollweg had dropped Simon with a body check when Simon got up and swung his stick. The two-handed blow struck Hollweg's upper body, cutting Hollweg on the chin. Simon was assessed a match penalty. Hollweg finished the game.