Matt Cooke Suspended For Season and First Round of Playoffs

Published on March 21st, 2011


-Matt Cooke has been suspended for the rest of the regular season as well as the first round of the playoffs for his hit on Ryan McDonagh in yesterday’s game against the New York Rangers. Cooke received a five minute penalty and a game misconduct. The suspension will keep Cooke out of hockey until the second round of the playoffs. He will forfeit $219,512.20 in salary. We heard rumblings that Mario Lemieux had a long chat with Cooke and basically told him to change the way he plays or leave. Ray Shero had this to say about the suspension: “The suspension is warranted because that’s exactly the kind of hit we’re trying to get out of the game. Head shots have no place in hockey. We’ve told Matt in no uncertain terms that this kind of action on the ice is unacceptable and cannot happen. Head shots must be dealt with severely, and the Pittsburgh Penguins support the NHL in sending this very strong message.”
Here is a video of the hit: