NHL Suspends Simon For Stick Attack

Sunday, March 11th 2007, 3:08 pm
By: News On 6

NEW YORK (AP) _ Chris Simon has been handed the longest suspension in National Hockey League history. The New York Islanders forward will not play for the rest of the season and the playoffs for a two-handed slash to the face the Rangers player Ryan Hollweg in a game Thursday night.

The suspension is for a minimum of 25 games and could carry into next season.

The NHL called Simon's action unacceptable and said he's ``forfeited the privilege of playing.''

Hollweg took some stitches in the chin, but was not seriously hurt.

Simon issued apologies Saturday night, saying ``There is absolutely no place in hockey for what I did.''