Coyotes' Bissonnette Banned 10 Games For Leaving Bench

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Reuters
Phoenix Coyotes forward Paul Bissonnette has been suspended 10 regular season games for leaving the bench to try to fight an opponent during a preseason game, the National Hockey League (NHL) said on Monday.

Coyotes' Bissonnette Banned 10 Games For Leaving Bench

Phoenix Coyotes forward Paul Bissonnette has been suspended 10 regular season games for leaving the bench to try to fight an opponent during a preseason game, the National Hockey League (NHL) said on Monday.

The Coyotes' main enforcer tried to engage Los Angeles Kings forward Jordan Nolan in a fight after the latter had appeared to leave his feet before catching the head of Coyotes defenseman Rostislav Klesla in a hit earlier in the game.

Bissonnette, who was given a game misconduct penalty on Sunday, would be eligible to return to the Coyotes' lineup on Oct. 24 at Los Angeles, the NHL said in a statement.

Klesla was carted off the ice after sustaining the hit from Nolan, who received a two-minute roughing penalty for his actions during a scrum that ensued after the hit.