Max Domi suspended for the remainder of the pre-season for sucker punching Aaron Ekblad

Assessed a major and a match penalty for the infraction, Domi will sit out the rest of the pre-season as well.

Less than a minute into the third period of Tuesday’s game, with the Montreal Canadiens on the power play, Max Domi and Florida Panthers defenceman Aaron Ekblad came together along the boards. As the play went on, Domi continued to engage Ekblad, ultimately culminating with Domi punching the unsuspecting blue-liner in the face.

Domi was assessed a roughing penalty for failing to let go once the puck was gone, and sent off the ice with a match penalty besides.

An automatic one-game suspension was set to follow, but after reviewing the situation, the NHL’s Department of Player Safety has decided to extend the ban to five games, which is the remainder of the pre-season.

Domi had received an automatic one-game suspension with the Arizona Coyotes late in the 2015-16 season. Occurring over 18 months ago, that would not have factored into the length of the current suspension.

He will be eligible to return for the Canadiens season opener on October 3 in Toronto.

The NHL needs to send a message with its punishment for Max Domi

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