“I acknowledge my mistake, regret my action and take full responsibility. I accept the decision rendered by Brendan Shanahan on behalf of the League. I apologize to my teammates, the Flames organization and to Nicklas Backstrom. I am embarrassed for what I did. These are exactly the type of plays that need to be eliminated from hockey.”
– Calgary’s Rene Bourque reacting to the five-game suspension given to him by Brendan Shanahan for an elbow on Washington’s Nicklas Backstrom.