Mike Rupp has received a four-game suspension from the NHL Department of Player Safety for a hit on Blues forward (and Warrod, MN native/American hero) T.J. Oshie. At 10:30 of the second period in yesterday’s 4-2 Wild win, Rupp caught Oshie up high in what was deemed to be an illegal check to the head as well as interference interference.
Rupp was given a five-minute match penalty in-game. Oshie left the game and did not return. He will also miss tonight’s game in Dallas, the Blues announced this afternoon.
Rupp will not be able to play in the season finale on Sunday or the first three games of the playoffs. He will also lose $7,692.31 in salary.
Watch the below video from the NHL Department of Player Safety for a full explanation of the suspension.
This was the first ruling for the NHL’s new discipline czar Stephane Quintal who took over from Brendan Shanahan today after Shanahan accepted a position as president and alternate governor of the Toronto Maple Leafs.