Minnesota Gophers freshman forward Kyle Rau (Florida Panthers) was suspended for tonight's game against Denver by the WCHA for his hit on Denver sophomore forward Jason Zucker (Minnesota Wild) in Friday's 5-3 loss. Rau, who leads all freshmen with 14 goals, hit Zucker late in the second period that saw a frightening scene where Zucker laid motionless on the ice for several minutes on national television.
From the WCHA Press Release:
MADISON, Wis. - The men's Western Collegiate Hockey Association today announced a one-game suspension to University of Minnesota hockey player Kyle Rau for his actions in the February 10 game vs the University of Denver.
Rau's suspension was determined after a review of the incident under the WCHA's Supplementary Discipline Policy and Procedures. At the time of the incident, he was assessed a 5:00-major penalty for boarding and a 10:00-game misconduct.
Rau will be required to serve this one-game suspension in his team's next regularly scheduled game on Saturday, February 11 vs the University of Denver.
There is some good news in that Zucker's injuries are not concussion-related and appear to be a deep bruise. His status has not been updated by the University of Denver, however, and will most likely miss tonight's game as well.
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