Forceful check from Canadiens' Byron
Unlike typical checks in hockey, Byron's move launched him upward into a forceful check at Weegar's head, causing injury. Known for his speed and his impressive puck skills, Byron makes a valuable forward. Although he claimed that he had no intention of causing injury, Byron has been suspended from the upcoming games at Columbus, as well as the home games on January 19th and 23rd versus the Flyers and the Coyotes.
5-1 win for the Canadiens
The match which occurred on Tuesday, January 15th, resulted in a 5-1 win for the Montreal Canadiens. This marks the first suspension for Byron in his 397-game career with the NHL.
Canadiens' Byron understanding of the outcome
Byron was understanding of the decision as he stated on his twitter account, "I accept and respect the decision made by the department of player safety. I would like to make it clear I had no intention of causing injury or finishing my check through MacKenzie Weegar’s head. I think my history and the way I conduct myself on the ice show a lack of intent to injure other players. Despite the lack of intention, I have to accept responsibility for my hit and realize the result of the hit was to the head and caused injury."
The collective bargaining agreement in the NHL requires Byron to sacrifice $18,817.20, a sum based on his annual salary, which will be contributed to the Players' Emergency Assistance Fund.
Byron will return to the ice on Feb. 2nd in a match against New Jersey.