Boston’s Zac Rinaldo suspended five games for an illegal check to the head of Tampa Bay’s Cedric Paquette. Video: https://t.co/3em6ebeUka
— NHL Player Safety (@NHLPlayerSafety) March 1, 2016
The incident occurred midway through the first period of Feb. 28’s matchup between the Boston Bruins and Tampa Bay Lightning, when Rinaldo delivered a high hit in the Bruins’ zone, catching Paquette on the right side of his head. Paquette was shaken and left the game, but did return.
Rinaldo, who was issued a minor penalty at the time of the play, is considered a repeat offender under the Collective Bargaining Agreement. His suspension will see him forfeit $51,829.25 in salary, which goes to the Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund.