Maxim Lapierre receives 4 game suspension

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Montreal Canadiens forward Maxim Lapierre will miss four games and lose $14,248.72 after being suspended for a hit from behind on San Jose Sharks forward Scott Nichol, reports Jeff Marek.

David Pollak wrote that Nichol is expected to miss 7-10 days because of the cheap shot. Pollak spoke to Rob Blake about the play, which didn’t result in a penalty during the game.
“That was a tough play. Those are the kinds of plays we don’t like to see because he’s in a very vulnerable position. It was a tough call and the refs were very open about that,” Blake said.

It might not be hyperbole to call dirty hits – whether they come from behind, when a player’s head is down or in some other vulnerable position – an epidemic in the NHL. Considering some recent – and unsettling – stories about concussions in sports, it often makes me queasy to think that some of my favorite athletes may someday struggle to function in society. 
That being said, it’s difficult to know what the league should do. After all, hockey is a violent sport played at incredible speeds. I’m not sure if it’s possible to stop such hits from happening (although consistent repercussions would be a start).
Video of the hit can be found here. (H/T to Mike Chen of From the Rink for the video)

Report: Ex-NHLer Aaron Ward arrested for assaulting female

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Aaron Ward, a 16-year NHL veteran that appeared in over 800 career games, has been arrested for assault on a female, per WNCN.

Ward was arrested on Friday in Cary, North Carolina and also charged with interfering with emergency communication, according to the report.

Currently working as an analyst for TSN, Ward spent five years of his career in Carolina, helping the ‘Canes capture the Stanley Cup in 2006.

Video: Hextall comments on AHL d-man Pyett, who was diagnosed with sarcoma in leg

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PHILADELPHIA (AP) Defenseman Logan Pyett of the Philadelphia Flyers’ AHL affiliate has been diagnosed with a form of cancer and will be out indefinitely.

The team said Friday the 27-year-old Canadian has a sarcoma in his upper leg. Flyers general manager Ron Hextall says the club offers “heartfelt thoughts and prayers.”

Pyett signed a one-year contract with the Lehigh Valley Phantoms after being at the Flyers’ training camp. He was selected by Detroit in the seventh round of the 2006 NHL entry draft. He signed as a free agent with the New York Rangers in 2012 and spent two seasons in the Kontinental Hockey League.