League hands Ott three-game suspension for hit to Leopold's head

Updated: March 12, 2008, 12:50 PM ET
Associated Press

DALLAS -- The NHL suspended Dallas Stars forward Steve Ott for three games without pay Wednesday for his hit to the head of Colorado Avalanche defenseman Jordan Leopold.

No penalty was assessed on the play in the first period of Sunday's game, but the suspension came after a review of the play.

Ott appeared to leave his feet to make the hit on Leopold against the boards, and Leopold left the game with a head injury. Leopold missed the Avalanche's Tuesday game against Atlanta.

Ott will miss Thursday's game at Detroit, as well as games against Vancouver and Anaheim before being eligible to return March 22 against Los Angeles.

Ott forfeits his salary from those three games, amounting to $12,834. The money will go to the NHL players' emergency assistance fund. It is Ott's first career suspension.


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