It has been a quiet start to the season for the NHL’s Department of Player Safety, but they have now handed out their first suspension of the 2019-20 season.
The DoPS announced on Monday that Winnipeg Jets forward Adam Lowry has been suspended two games for boarding Calgary Flames defender Oliver Kylington. The incident happened at the end of the second period of Saturday’s Heritage Classic game played in Regina, Saskatchewan.
The Jets rallied late to win the game, 2-1, in overtime.
Lowry was given a two-minute for boarding on the play. It initially appeared as if Kylington was significantly injured when he fell to the ice, but he was able to return for the third period.
Here is a look at the play, as well as the NHL’s explanation for Lowry’s suspension.
Lowry has emerged as a strong depth player for the Jets over the past couple of years but has been off to a slow start this year with zero points in his first 12 games.
He will miss upcoming games against the Anaheim Ducks and San Jose Sharks before being eligible to return to the Jets’ lineup on Nov. 2 when they visit the Vegas Golden Knights, wrapping up a three-game road trip.