NHL suspends Brendan Lemieux five games for biting Brady Tkachuk

Los Angeles Kings forward Brendan Lemieux has been suspended for five games for biting Ottawa’s Brady Tkachuk in a win against the Senators on Saturday.

Lemieux, 25, will forfeit $38,750 in salary as a result of the suspension.

The NHL announced the discipline on Tuesday, and included a video narration describing the on-ice altercation between Lemieux and Tkachuk.

“This is not a hockey play,” the NHL said in the video. “This is a player delivering a forceful, intentional and potentially dangerous bite to the bare hand of another player with sufficient force to puncture the skin.”

The league said its analysis was supported by medical information submitted by the Senators’ training staff, as well as the referee’s report.

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This is the moment when Brendan Lemieux bit Brady Tkachuk’s left hand.

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The bite to Tkachuk’s left hand occurred late in the third period at Staples Center in the Kings’ 4-2 win. The two were wrestling and exchanging punches on the ice.

When referees managed to separate them, Tkachuk pointed out the bite mark on his left hand and Lemieux received a match penalty.

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Brady Tkachuk shows off a bloody right hand as he tells the referees Brendan Lemieux bit him.

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Tkachuk, 22, was also bleeding from his right hand, but the NHL said it did not have enough evidence to investigate that injury.

The NHL said that “while circumstantial evidence supports the argument that Lemieux may have bitten Tkachuk multiple times” during the fight, the league is limiting its review to the specific bite seen on the video.

Brendan Lemieux just BIT Brady Tkachuk TWICE. pic.twitter.com/mcLO3ojEMj

— Everyday Sens  (@EverydaySens) November 28, 2021

Lemieux joined the Kings in March in a trade with Rangers. He has four goals, one assist and 32 penalty minutes in 14 games this season for LA.

He has been suspended twice and fined once during his 194-game NHL career. He is the son of NHL alum Claude Lemieux, who was known for his tough, physical play that led to discipline by the league.

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Brendan Lemieux was suspended five games for biting Brady Tkachuk.

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Tkachuk, meanwhile, is the son of NHL legend Keith Tkachuk.

Lemieux’s suspension will conclude in time for him to rejoin the Kings on Dec. 11 against the Minnesota Wild.

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