Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Niklas Hjalmarsson will miss the next three games of the team after being suspended by the NHL for a hit on Ty Rattie of the St. Louis Blues on Saturday night.
Hjalmarsson will miss the final two preseason games in Chicago with their regular season opens Oct. 12, will miss a total of three games from the end of the preseason and the start of the regular season for his offense.
The success of Hjalmarsson on Rattie occurred at 18:55 of the third period 4-0 Chicago victory exhibition on Saturday. Hjalmarsson steps from his defensive position to defend Rattie; approach with speed, he launched and in its success, the material making contact with the head of Rattie.
This is not the first suspension Hjalmarsson. It was a blow open the ice in which Hjalmarsson drove his right shoulder in the head Rattie. Hjalmarsson will forfeit $ 22,777.78 as a penalty.
The Chicago Blackhawks are eagerly awaiting their first game of the regular season next week, but a key player will not be on the ice when they take on the St. Louis Blues at the United Center.