After a 10-minute phone call with NHL disciplinarian Brendan Shanahan, the NHL has suspended Vancouver Canucks forward Zack Kassian for the rest of the preseason, plus the first five regular-season games, for his high stick that broke Edmonton Oilers’ Sam Gagner on Saturday. Kassian was assessed a double minor in the game at the time. When asked to comment after the game, Kassian hesitated getting into the details, but insistent that the motion was accidental, “I could sit here all day and plead my case. Like I said, it was accidental. In the game of hockey, things happens at a fast speed. I hope Sam Gagner has a full recovery,” added Kassian. “Obviously you never want to see someone get injured and have to miss games but it was a hockey play.”

This suspension is in addition to fellow Canucks winger Dale Weise who has also been suspended for the remainder of the pre-season (3 games) for a hit to the head on Oilers’ forward Taylor Hall. Weise was dealt two minutes for the hit.

The two teams are to meet again in Vancouver on October 5th.

She was hooked after the first shot off her aluminum Gretzky hockey stick at 13 years old. Growing up playing competitive hockey in Vancouver, British Columbia has inspired her to coach in addition to playing. She is currently the Vice President and Assistant Coach of her alma mater Simon Fraser University for the women's ice hockey club. Upon graduating with a BBA, she has found a way combine her love of sports, mainly hockey, with her career. She has worked with the BC Lions and still works for the Canucks for Kids Fund on game days coordinating one the best 50/50 programs in the NHL. In a nutshell - Ovechkin over Crosby, Vancouver Canucks are my #1, New York Rangers are my #2...and she bakes cakes (the Cake Boss type).

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