February 25th, 2024

Kraken forward Gourde suspended two games for charging Oilers defenceman Ekholm

By The Canadian Press on January 19, 2024.

Seattle Kraken's Yanni Gourde (37) and Edmonton Oilers' Leon Draisaitl (29) battle for the puck as goalie Stuart Skinner (74) looks on during third period NHL action in Edmonton on Thursday January 18, 2024. The NHL has suspended Seattle Kraken forward Yanni Gourde for two games for charging Oilers defenceman Mattias Ekholm during a game Thursday in Edmonton.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson

NEW YORK – The NHL has suspended Seattle Kraken forward Yanni Gourde for two games for charging Oilers defenceman Mattias Ekholm during a game Thursday in Edmonton.

The incident occurred at 16:23 of the third period. Gourde was assessed a major penalty for charging on the play.

Edmonton won the game 4-2 to pick up its 12th straight victory.

Gourde will forfeit US$53,819.44 in salary under the terms of the collective bargaining agreement between the NHL and the NHL Players’ Association.

He will miss home games Sunday against Toronto and Jan. 24 against Chicago.

He will be eligible to return Jan. 26 against the visiting St. Louis Blues.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Jan. 19, 2024.

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