Watch: Stars’ Jason Demers ejected for his hit on Cal Clutterbuck (updated)

The Dallas blue liner has a history with the league’s department of player safety. Demers was suspended for two games in October.

Dallas Stars defenseman Jason Demers was tossed from Sunday’s game against the New York Islanders following his hit on Islanders’ forward Cal Clutterbuck.

Demers was assessed a five minute major for boarding and a game misconduct for the hit on Clutterbuck at 5:07 of the second period.

Clutterbuck immediately went to the Islanders room following the hit, but later returned to the game.

Following the Islanders 6-5 win over the Stars, Lindy Ruff was asked about the Demers ejection. The Dallas head coach didn’t believe the hit warranted more than a minor penalty.

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“I think the guy that got hit has a history of diving,” Ruff said per Mark Stepneski. “I looked at the play. I don’t think he elbowed him, I don’t think he did anything really. And he didn’t seem to be hurt, but he sold a pretty good one to us. Maybe he deserved a minor penalty. That’s my take on it.”

Demers has a history with the league’s department of player safety.

The 27-year-old was suspended for two games in October for elbowing Pittsburgh Penguins’ forward Nick Bonino