Kings' Doty suspended two games for high, late hit on Sharks' Viel

Vegas Golden Knights goaltender Logan Thompson (36) blocks a shot by Los Angeles Kings' Jacob Doty (45) during the first period of an NHL preseason hockey game Monday, Sept. 26, 2022, in Las Vegas. (John Locher/AP Photo)

Los Angeles Kings forward Jacob Doty has been suspended two games for interference on San Jose Sharks winger Jeffrey Viel in a pre-season game on Wednesday in Ontario, Calif., the NHL's Department of Player Safety announced Friday.

Doty delivered a late, high hit on Viel in the neutral zone well after he had tipped the puck forward.

Doty was assessed a major penalty and a game misconduct on the play.

In the video explaining the decision, the Department of Player Safety says the head contact combined with the force of the blow played significant roles in determining a suspension was warranted.

Doty, 29, has not played an NHL regular-season game during his career. He has spent much of the past three seasons with the Kings' AHL affiliate in Ontario, Calif.

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