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Aaron Ward Injured, Walker Suspension, Maurice Potential 10K Fine

Update: Walker has had his automatic suspension rescinded after pleading his “case” to the league.

Hurricanes general manager Jim Rutherford told The Associated Press on Monday that the automatic suspension given to Walker was rescinded during a hearing with league disciplinarian Colin Campbell. It was determined that the hit was not a “sucker punch.”

Way to encourage such play NHL! Walker will be fined $2,500.

During the fighting in the third period of Game 5 against the ‘Canes, Aaron Ward took a sucker punch from Hurricanes Forward Scott Walker. Ward quickly fell to the ground. He was taken off the ice and did not return. Walker was given a two-minute instigator minor penalty, a five-minute fighting major and a 10-mintute misconduct for the incident.

Here’s the video of the punch from Walker:

The initial medical examination has revealed a potenial broken orbital bone from the punch. Paul Maurice, the Hurricanes coach, handled the situation with a particular professionalism, laughing off the possible repercussions:

“Scott probably has sore knuckles,” he said.

Asked whether there will be a fine, he added: “I may have to sell my truck.”

Maurice’s comments may cost him $10,000. Walker is also facing a one game suspension, pending league review, for an instigation in the final give minutes of play, with the game’s outcome clearly decided, and if it wasn’t, then he wouldn’t have done it.

What a bunch of jerks. I guess they really want to instigate the Bruins now, especially since it worked so well for them in Game 5. Good luck Hurricanes, you might not be laughing so hard once Lucic and co. are done with you.

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5 comments for “Aaron Ward Injured, Walker Suspension, Maurice Potential 10K Fine”

  1. Aaron Ward Injured, Walker Suspension, Maurice Potential 10K Fine: During the fighting in the third period of Ga.. http://tinyurl.com/pwkp4m

    Posted by Sports of Boston | May 11, 2009, 11:48 am
  2. I’m thinking that the Hurricanes are about to see sore knuckles on a whole new level. http://tinyurl.com/pwkp4m

    Posted by Tom Boulay | May 11, 2009, 2:27 pm
  3. Walker is a thug and Maurice is an idiot.

    They’ll each have the summer off soon enough.

    Canadians have ruined hockey.

    Posted by Dr. Jukes | May 11, 2009, 7:59 pm
  4. Ward just stood there staring at Walker. It was not a sucker punch.

    Posted by Pete | May 12, 2009, 1:37 am
  5. Ward better run hide behind Chara or Lucic next time. Walker got the last laugh tonight, I guess…. GO ‘CANES!!!

    Posted by AC | May 15, 2009, 12:21 am

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