Matthew Tkachuk is in trouble with the National Hockey League.
JUST IN: @NHLFlames F Matthew Tkachuk has been suspended one game for his actions on Wednesday against the @DetroitRedWings. Tkachuk was given a five-minute major and a game misconduct on the play for spearing. #NHL https://t.co/6EG8ej5hzZ pic.twitter.com/u4w8lIixKc
— SportsCentre (@SportsCentre) November 18, 2017
The 19-year-old Flames winger had a hearing with the league on Friday for unsportsmanlike conduct during Thursday’s game against the Detroit Red Wings. He’s been handed a one-game suspension.
Tkachuk slashed Detroit’s Luke Witkowski on the back of his leg as the Red Wings enforcer was leaving the ice. Witkowski returned to the melee, getting an automatic 10-game suspension for leaving the bench as a result.
Tkachuk, it seems, is getting a share of the blame for igniting the brawl that involved numerous players, despite the relatively minor slash.
The Flames youngster has become a premiere agitator, but he’ll need to be careful going forward. He’s already been suspended twice in his young 94-game career, and is considered a repeat offender by the league.