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NHL suspends Phoenix's Shane Doan, says hit to Ducks' Dan Sexton was 'type of hit we want out of our game'

October 18, 2010 |  1:41 pm

Doan_400 The NHL confirmed it has suspended Phoenix Coyotes forward Shane Doan three games without pay for his blindside hit to the head of Ducks forward Dan Sexton on Sunday.

The neutral-zone hit on Sexton wasn't penalized at the time, and Sexton didn't miss a shift.

However, Colin Campbell, the league's chief disciplinarian and executive vice president of hockey operations, said it merited punishment that will cost Doan $73,387.11 in salary and make him ineligible for the Coyotes' next three games, starting with a home game against the Kings on Thursday. The money will go to the Players' Emergency Assistance Fund.

"Doan delivered a late hit from the blind side to the head of an unsuspecting opponent," Campbell said in a statement. "While it was fortunate that Sexton did not suffer an injury, the message should be clear that this is the type of hit that we want out of our game."

Doan, the Coyotes' captain, will be eligible to return Oct. 26.

-- Helene Elliott

Photo: Shane Doan in 2007. Credit: Christian Petersen / Getty Images

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