Jason Demers suspended two games for elbowing Nick Bonino


The NHL suspended Dallas Stars defenseman Jason Demers two games for his elbow on Pittsburgh Penguins forward Nick Bonino.

The league explained that many “counter-hits” are OK, and that sometimes a penalty is sufficient punishment when such measures go over the line. However, the NHL believes that Demers deserves a suspension because he used his elbow recklessly and forcefully.

The contact happened during the Stars’ eventual win against the Penguins on Thursday. Losing two games of pay costs Demers $36,559.14.

He received a major and game misconduct during the game itself.

Bonino appears to be OK.