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John Moore barred 5 games by NHL for hit to head of Erik Haula

10/29/2014 07:19 EDT | Updated 12/29/2014 05:59 EST
John Moore will be a spectator for the New York Rangers’ next five games.

The National Hockey League on Wednesday handed the fourth-year defenceman a five-game suspension for an illegal check to the head of Minnesota Wild forward Erik Haula on Monday night.

Moore was kicked out at 7:12 of the second period for a blatant hit to the head of Haula that resulted in a match penalty.

A repeat offender, Moore will forfeit $51,859.75 based on his average annual salary, per the league’s collective bargaining agreement.

The 23-year-old will miss home games Saturday and Monday against Winnipeg and St. Louis, respectively. He will also sit out Nov. 5 versus Detroit, at Toronto Nov. 8 and the following night against the visiting Edmonton Oilers.

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