Blackhawks forward Brett Connolly suspended for 4 games


Dallas Stars center Tanner Kero, right, is taken off the ice as teammate Joe Pavelski (16) looks on after a hit by Chicago Blackhawks right wing Brett Connolly during the first period of an NHL hockey game in Dallas, Saturday, Dec. 18, 2021. (AP Photo/LM Otero)

NEW YORK (AP) — Chicago forward Brett Connolly was suspended for four games without pay by the NHL on Saturday for interference against Dallas forward Tanner Kero.

Connolly was assessed a major penalty and game misconduct in the first period of Chicago’s 4-3 overtime loss at Dallas on Saturday night.

Connelly rode Kero into the boards. Kero was taken from the ice on a stretcher with his head immobilized. Kero taken to a hospital for precautionary measures and evaluation, and coach Rick Bowness said after the game that the player had a concussion.

The suspension will cost Connolly $70,000.

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