Olli Jokinen suspended 3 games

Updated: November 18, 2010, 8:28 PM ET
By Pierre LeBrun | ESPN.com

The NHL has suspended Calgary Flames center Olli Jokinen three games for his cross-check to the head of Phoenix Coyotes forward Wojtek Wolski. Jokinen received a five-minute major and game misconduct for Wednesday night's incident.

He will forfeit $48,387.09 in salary, which will go to the Players' Emergency Assistance Fund.

Jokinen said in a statement that he was surprised by the length of the suspension, but said he won't appeal the ban.

"I believed from our discussion this morning that there was an understanding that my intent was not to injure and circumstances that resulted in my stick going higher then expected," Jokinen said in a team release. "While I am upset with the ruling, I will abide by it and serve my three games while preparing to help my team when I return. I will have no further say on the matter."

In the same team statement, the Flames said they were "disappointed" by the league's decision, but would respect the suspension.

Jokinen received a five-minute major and game misconduct for Wednesday night's incident.

Pierre LeBrun is an NHL writer for ESPN.com.

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