NHL – Vancouver: Roussel punished for biting an opponent

NHL – Vancouver’s French international Antoine Roussel was fined $5,000 (approximately €4,408) for biting an opponent in a fight during the match between the Canucks and the San Jose Sharks. That was announced on Saturday by the North American Ice Hockey League.
« Antoine Roussel was fined $5,000, the maximum amount allowed for the collective agreement, after biting San Jose defender Marc-Edouard Vlasic on Friday, » the NHL explained. Roussel had been involved in a late match fight for which he was given three penalties, including a ten-minute penalty for poor behaviour.

Vlasic had revealed after San Jose’s 4-0 win that Roussel had bitten him on the right hand as the referees tried to separate them. Roussel finished the game with 18 minutes of penalties bringing his season total to 65 minutes, making him the second most penalized player in the NHL behind Boston’s Canadian winger Brad Marchand (66 min).

Roussel, who plays as a winger, joined Vancouver last summer after five and a half seasons in Dallas. He has scored three goals and five assists since his debut for the Canucks, who were downgraded to 11th place in the Western Conference (22 pts).

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