Islanders’ Trevor Gillies Suspended 10 Games for Head Hit in Return Game

New York Islanders forward Trevor Gillies has been suspended for 10 games by the National Hockey League for a hit to the head he delivered in his first game following a nine-game suspension, the team said on its website.

The second suspension stems from Gillies’s hit on Minnesota Wild forward Cal Clutterbuck in the second period of the Islanders’ 4-1 victory two days ago. Gillies was ejected from the game after checking Clutterbuck into the boards from behind.

Gillies will forfeit $60,975.60 in salary, NHL.com said, and that money will go to the Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund. Gillies is considered a repeat offender and forfeits his salary based on the suspension as a percentage of the 82-game regular season.

“By targeting his opponent’s head, three shifts into his first game back from a suspension for a very similar action, Mr. Gillies has forfeited his privilege of playing in the league for 10 games,” NHL Senior Executive Vice President of Hockey Operations Colin Campbell said in a statement posted on the league’s website.

Gillies was suspended for nine games for a blindside hit and subsequent punches he threw at Pittsburgh Penguins forward Eric Tangradi on Feb. 11. The Islanders were fined $100,000 after the game, which produced a total of 346 penalty minutes, 10 ejections and 15 fighting majors.

Gillies has one goal and 124 penalty minutes in 33 games this season, his third in the NHL. He is eligible to return on March 26, when the Islanders host the Philadelphia Flyers.

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