Los Angeles Kings’ Brendan Lemieux faces suspension for biting
The NHL Department of Player Safety has offered Los Angeles Kings forward Brendan Lemieux an in-person hearing (via Zoom) after he bit Ottawa Senators forward Brady Tkachuk on Saturday night.
Lemieux received a match penalty and was ejected after grappling with Tkachuk during the third period of the host Kings’ 4-2 win.
Tkachuk got up from the encounter with blood on his hand and told officials Lemieux had bitten him.
“It’s outrageous,” Tkachuk said after the game, per the Ottawa Sun. “Kids don’t even do that anymore. Babies do that. I don’t even know what he was thinking. He’s just a complete brick head. He’s got nothing up there. Bad guy, bad player, but what a joke he is.”
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No date has been set for Lemieux’s hearing. In-person hearings are reserved for incidents when a player faces a suspension of more than five games.
Lemieux, 25, has four goals and one assist in 14 games this season. He has 52 points (27 goals, 25 assists) and 345 penalty minutes in 194 games with the Winnipeg Jets, New York Rangers and Kings.
He previously was suspended for two games in November 2018 for an illegal check to the head of then-Florida Panthers forward Vincent Trocheck. In July 2020, Lemieux was suspended for two games for an illegal check that injured Colorado Avalanche forward Joonas Donskoi.
–Field Level Media