February 29th, 2024

NHL suspends Jets defenceman Dillon three games for hit on Penguins’ Acciari

By The Canadian Press on February 7, 2024.

Winnipeg Jets' Brenden Dillon (5) in action during the second period of an NHL hockey game against the St. Louis Blues Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2023, in St. Louis. The NHL has suspended Winnipeg Jets defenceman Brenden Dillon for three games for an illegal check to the head of Pittsburgh forward Noel Acciari. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP, Jeff Roberson

NEW YORK – The NHL has suspended Winnipeg Jets defenceman Brenden Dillon for three games for an illegal check to the head of Pittsburgh forward Noel Acciari.

Dillon was assessed a five-minute major and a match penalty for the hit, which occurred in the second period of the Jets’ 3-0 loss in Pittsburgh on Tuesday.

Acciari left the game and did not return.

Dillon will forfeit US$60,937.50 under terms of the collective bargaining agreement between the NHL and the NHLPA.

He will be eligible to return when the Jets host San Jose next Wednesday.

Dillon has six goals, nine assists and a plus-16 defensive rating in 48 games with the Jets this season.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Feb. 7, 2024.

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