NHL suspends Kings forward John Zeiler for 3 games for Foote hit

TORONTO – The NHL has suspended Los Angeles Kings forward John Zeiler for three games for driving Colorado defenceman Adam Foote into the boards from behind.

Zeiler was assessed a major penalty for boarding and game misconduct Saturday for the second-period hit on Foote.

The Kings player will forfeit US$8,770.17 in salary, which goes to the Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund.

Zeiler will miss games in Calgary on Tuesday, in Edmonton on Wednesday and Saturday against Chicago. He will be eligible to return Dec. 1 against the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Foote, who was down for several minutes, did not practise Sunday and was ruled out of Monday’s game in Anaheim.

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“Guys have to realize when a guy is in a vulnerable situation,” Foote told the Denver News. “It’s obviously been a problem the last couple years, and we have to fix that.

“I think what happens in (Zeiler’s) situation is you’re hungry, you want to make the club and you’ll do whatever it takes. In his position, his job is to get hits and stuff like that. At the same time, though, you’ve got to know when someone is in a vulnerable situation.”