Blackhawks Carcillo, Flames Bourque Suspended; Tortorello Fined

Jan. 5 (Bloomberg) -- Chicago Blackhawks forward Daniel Carcillo was suspended for seven games and Calgary Flames forward Rene Bourque was banned for five for illegal challenges on National Hockey League opponents this week.

Carcillo will forfeit $66,158 in pay for knocking Edmonton Oilers defenseman Tom Gilbert into the boards on Jan. 2, the league said on its website last night. Bourque, 30, will lose $203,252 in salary for hitting Washington Capitals forward Nicklas Backstrom in the head with his elbow the next day.

Carcillo, 26, will sit out today’s game against Philadelphia and will be allowed to return to the ice on Jan. 18 against Buffalo. Bourque’s suspension rules him out of today’s game against Boston. He’s eligible to play again against San Jose on Jan. 17.

As repeat offenders, each players’ fine goes to the Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund.

Backstrom, 24, yesterday underwent inconclusive concussion testing before participating in an off-ice workout with his team. He’s listed as day-to-day by the Capitals while team doctors monitor his head injury.

New York Rangers coach John Tortorella was also fined by the league for accusing referees of conspiring with the league and NBC to push the 2012 Winter Classic into overtime or a shootout.

Tortorella was fined $30,000 for his remarks after the Rangers beat the Philadelphia Flyers 3-2 on Jan. 2, the New York Times reported. The NHL didn’t disclose the amount of the fine in a statement on its website.

“There is no acceptable explanation or excuse for commentary challenging the integrity of the League, its officials or its broadcast partners,” NHL Senior Executive Vice President of Hockey Operations Colin Campbell said in the statement.

Tortorella apologized before the fine was revealed.

“I tainted the Classic,” he told reporters. “It was wrong with my sarcasm and frustration and I apologize to everyone involved.”

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