The NHL is sending a message to Zack Kassian, suspending him seven games for his dangerous move on Thursday night.
Midway through the second period, Kassian got tangled up with Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Erik Cernak and kicked him in the chest.
He was called for an in person hearing on Friday morning, which he refused and the call was made just hours later.
Blade out, straight in the stomach, Kassian did not seem to hesitate and went on playing.
Clearly, the NHL is not messing around with this type of dangerous play!
Kassian has been suspended more than once in his career and this is definitely the longest he has been banned. It is the second time this year he gets suspended.