NHL suspends Tkachuk for 1 game for his role in Flames-Red Wings brawl

Nov 18 2017, 12:35 am

Matthew Tkachuk is in trouble with the National Hockey League.

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.

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