Native hockey player suspended for season

Chris Simon, an Ojibwa from Canada, was suspended by the National Hockey League for the rest of the season for hitting another player in the face with a hockey stick.

Simon plays left wing for the New York Islanders. At a game last Thursday, he hit Rangers forward Ryan Hollweg in the face [YouTube Video].

The NHL immediately suspended Simon pending a disciplinary hearing that was held on Sunday. He won't be able to play the remaining 15 games of the regular season or in any playoffs.

Simon recovered from alcoholism with the help of Islanders coach Ted Nolan, who is also Ojibwa. He was suspended during the 1997-1998 season for allegedly using a racial slur against an African-American player, after that player reportedly made remarks about his Native heritage [Wikipedia Bio].

Get the Story:
N.H.L. Suspends Islanders’ Simon (The New York Times 3/10)
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Isles’ Simon Suspended Through Playoffs (The New York Times 3/12)

Relevant Links:
Chris Simon, ESPN - http://sports.espn.go.com/nhl/players/profile?statsId=595
New York Islanders - http://www.newyorkislanders.com

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