Ducks’ Jacques suspended three games


NEW YORK — The NHL has suspended Anaheim Ducks forward Jean-Francois Jacques for three games after he illegally checked an opponent in the head, the league announced Monday.

He will forfeit US$23,780.49 in pay.

The suspension is a result of Jacques’ hit on Columbus forward R.J. Umberger in a game Sunday night. Jacques elbowed Umberger’s head after the Blue Jackets forward took a shot on goal at 14:17 of the third period. Jacques was assessed a five-minute major penalty for elbowing on the play.

Jacques is considered a repeat offender. He was suspended on Sept. 24 after illegally coming off the Anaheim bench and trying to start a fight with Vancouver’s Mike Duco during a pre-season game. He was suspended for two pre-season games and five regular-season games for that incident.

Jacques will miss games Jan. 10 versus Dallas, Jan. 12 at Calgary and Jan. 13 at Edmonton. He will be eligible to return Jan. 15 at Vancouver.

Ducks defenceman Francois Beauchemin also has a hearing Monday with the NHL for his hit on Jackets forward Jeff Carter.

Shanahan will also be calling Anaheim Ducks forward Jean-Francois Jacques and defenceman Francois Beauchemin.

Beauchemin received a 10-minute misconduct for the hit.

–With files from Sportsnet staff