The NHL Department of Player Safety announced prior to the Vegas Golden Knights’ game against the Minnesota Wild at T-Mobile Arena on Thursday (10:30 PM ET, NBCSN) that forward Chandler Stephenson has been suspended for three games after elbowing forward Tobias Bjornfoot in the Golden Knights’ 4-2 loss to the Los Angeles Kings on Wednesday.
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After Bjornfoot passed the puck and turned around in the corner, Stephenson delivered a high hit to Bjornfoot’s chin area. Stephenson was assessed a game misconduct with 1:52 left in the second period. Bjornfoot left the game and did not return.
This is the first time of his 241-game NHL career that the 26-year-old has been suspended.
Stephenson has recorded seven goals, 20 points, and a +10 rating in 32 games during his first full season with the Golden Knights.
The Golden Knights, who trail the Colorado Avalanche by one point for first place in the West Division, also host the Wild on Saturday.
Stephenson, who will forfeit $71,120.69, will be eligible to return on Wednesday at the St. Louis Blues. The money will go to the Player’s Emergency Assistance Fund.
By Harrison Brown