NHL suspends Maple Leafs' Kerfoot for dangerous play

Nov 25 2019, 10:41 am

The NHL has suspended Toronto Maple Leafs forward Alex Kerfoot for two games following a dangerous play in Saturday night’s 5-3 win over the Colorado Avalanche.

Kerfoot cross-checked Erik Johnson in the back near the goal line late in the second period, causing the Avalanche defenceman to go head-first into the end boards.

The NHL Department of Player Safety explained their decision, saying: “While the shove was not delivered with exceptional force… it is delivered at an extremely dangerous distance from the boards, while both players are travelling with speed.”

Kerfoot, who is in the first year of a four-year contract worth $14 million, will forfeit $37,634.40 in salary during the suspension.

The 25-year-old was playing his first game in Colorado since being traded to Toronto by the Avalanche last summer. Kerfoot was remorseful when speaking to reporters after practice on Monday, saying he was “disappointed” in himself according to TSN’s Kristen Shilton.

While Johnson returned to the game on Saturday, it appears that he was absent from Colorado’s practice on Monday, as reported by Mike Chambers of the Denver Post.