Canucks’ Antoine Roussel fined $5K for biting San Jose’s Marc-Edouard Vlasic
The San Jose Sharks took a rather large bite out of the Canucks on Friday, blanking the team 4-0.
And it appears at least one Canuck wasn’t ready to leave California without extracting some flesh of his own.
With just 40 seconds left in the game, during a tussle along the boards, Vancouver left winger Antoine Roussel appeared to open his mouth and chomp the hand of San Jose’s Marc-Edouard Vlasic.
Roussel was sent to the locker room early, and on Saturday he was awarded a stiffer penalty.
The NHL Department of Player Safety has fined Roussel $5,000 for the bite, the largest penalty he can receive under the players’ association’s collective bargaining agreement.
The cash goes to the Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund.
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It’s not the first time a Canuck has made headlines for inappropriate gnashing.
Back in Game 1 of the 2011 Stanley Cup final against Boston, Alex Burrows appeared to bite Patrice Bergeron’s finger.
Burrows escaped without a suspension in the incident, after the NHL concluded there was no proof he had intentionally bit the Boston centre.
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