Apr 10, 2014; Saint Paul, MN, USA; St. Louis Blues left wing Alexander Steen (20) confronts Minnesota Wild left wing Mike Rupp (27) after a hit on right wing T.J. Oshie (74) in the second period at Xcel Energy Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports

Minnesota Wild’s Mike Rupp suspended four games for illegal head check


If NHL players thought that they might be getting off a little easier in terms of discipline with the exit of former league disciplinarian Brendan Shanahan, they may want to check that thought.

Per a report by SI.com, Shanahan’s replacement, Stephane Quintal, handed down a four-game suspension to Minnesota Wild forward Mike Rupp  for an illegal check to the head of St. Louis forward T.J. Oshie on Thursday night.

It was Rupp’s first game back with the wild after being out for 23 games. Can’t say that the Wild will be missing a lot with the suspension.

The penalty by Rupp was drawn on a play when Rupp was guilty of a “late, illegal check to the head” when he banged his shoudler in the head of  St. Louis Blues forward T.J. Oshie.

“Well after Oshie releases the puck, Rupp drives his left shoulder into Oshie’s head, making it the main point of contact and causing an injury,” the league announced in a suspension video by the NHL’s Department of Player Safety. “This is both an illegal check to the head and interference.

Rupp’s suspension will include the Minnesota’s final regular-season game on Sunday as well as the first three playoff games. This was the first fine or suspension in Rupp’s 11-year career, and he will have to sacrifice a $7,692.31 fine in addition to the suspension.

 

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