As we previously reported, Buffalo Sabres right wing Patrick Kaleta was suspended for 10 games on October 14th for an incident that occurred against Columbus Blue Jackets defenseman Jack Johnson on Thursday, October 10th at 3:08 in the first period as the Buffalo Sabres faced off with the Columbus Blue Jackets at the First Niagara Center in Buffalo. The next day, Kaleta chose to appeal his suspension.
NHL.com is reporting that earlier today, NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman has upheld the 10-game suspension against Kaleta by the NHL Department of Player Safety for an illegal check to the head to Johnson.
Kaleta is very much a repeat offender. Over the course of the last 4 years, he has been suspended and/or fined on multiple occasions for his violent and potentially dangerous behavior on the ice. The last of his supplemental disciplines was just 21 games prior.
Under the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement and, based on his average annual salary, will forfeit $152,439.00. This money will go to the Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund.
Here is a look at the original decision in case you missed it the first time.