10/15/2013 07:03 EDT | Updated 12/15/2013 05:12 EST

Sabres' Patrick Kaleta suspended 10 games

Buffalo Sabres tough guy Patrick Kaleta was suspended 10 games Tuesday for an illegal hit to the head of Columbus Blue Jackets defenceman Jack Johnson last Thursday. 

The National Hockey League's department of player safety made the announcement in a press release. He was offered an in-person hearing on Friday by the league and has already served two games of the suspension awaiting his fate.

Kaleta's infraction occurred at 3:10 of the first period of the Blue Jackets' 4-1 win. Kaleta, a six-foot-one, 198-pound winger, was not penalized on the play but later got a five-minute fighting major for duking it out with Jared Boll, who came to his teammate's aid. 

Johnson would stay in the game.

Kaleta will forfeit $152,439.00 in salary as per terms of the new Collective Bargaining Agreement. All of that money will go the Players' Emergency Assistance Fund.