An in-person hearing was held on Zoom ahead of the release of the decision.
The incident occurred with 6:09 left in the third period on Saturday after Tkachuk started pushing Blake Lizotte over a whistle in the Senators’ zone. Lemieux came to the aid of his teammate and fought with Tkachuk on the ice as the officials tried to separate them.
Tkachuk said Lemieux bit him and showed officials his bloody hand as he made his way to the penalty box. Both players were fined roughly while Lemieux was also ejected from the match with a 10-minute match penalty.
“While circumstantial evidence supports the argument that Lemieux may have bit Tkachuk multiple times during this fight, we limit our review of this bite incident to the bite that occurs almost immediately after players fell on the ice, ”said the narrator of the NHL video. .
“Due to a lack of evidence, this decision does not include an analysis of how Tkachuk ended up bleeding from his right hand. “
The narrator goes on to say that the NHL heard “Lemieux’s argument that the bite might have been caused at that point by Tkachuk punching him on the tooth with sufficient force to cause a puncture injury. . The video evidence does not support this version of events. “
The NHL says it took into account that Lemieux had already been suspended twice and fined once in his 194-game career before making its decision.
“It’s not a hockey game,” says the narrator. “This is a player who inflicts an intentional and potentially dangerous bite to the bare hand of another player with sufficient force to pierce the skin. Such actions will not be tolerated. “
Tkachuk expressed his displeasure after the game.
“It was the most insane thing anyone could do,” Tkachuk told Bruce Garrioch of the Soleil d’Ottawa after the game, a 4-2 victory for the Kings. “I don’t even know what he was thinking, he’s just a complete brick head. “
Lemieux has four goals and five points in 13 games this season on the Kings’ fourth line.