St. Louis Blues forward Chris Stewart has been suspended by the NHL for three games for his hit on Detroit Red Wings defenseman Niklas Kronwall,according to a video from Brendan Shanahan, director of player safety.
Stewart shoved Kronwall headfirst into the boards after Kronwall appears to brace for the hit. Shanahan says in the video that “the onus is on Stewart to avoid the hit completely or to, at the very least, minimize it.”
The play was in violation of the NHL’s boarding rule that aims to minimize contact that can lead to head injuries. Shanahan explained the three game suspension took into consideration that Stewart has no prior history of discipline in his four year NHL career and that Kronwall was not injured on the play.