Smile! Flames agitator Matthew Tkachuk to appear on Edmonton billboards

Ross Houston
January 15, 2020

He had a phone hearing with Head of Department of Player Safety George Parros on Monday.

The incident happened with just under two minutes left in the second period.

Anyone who needs reminding should know that things went ballistic Saturday night in Calgary after Tkachuk throttled Kassian with not one, not two, but three crushing hits before the target of all that violence decided he'd had enough.

Kassian retaliated by grabbing Tkachuk and tried to initiate a fight. It's what eventually brought the ruckus from Kassian to Tkachuk that got the former suspended in the first place.

Kassian received a double-roughing minor and a 10-minute misconduct on the play. "While he acknowledges frustration, players are not excused from grossly violating league rules in retribution, or retaliation for hits thrown against them, legal or otherwise".

Kassian's suspension will end just before the rematch of the Battle of Alberta on January 29 in Edmonton, and Kassian warned Tkachuk that he has a "great memory".

Zack Kassian took his medicine even if he didn't like it, swallowing a two-game suspension after he felt he had to knock some sense into Matthew Tkachuk for what the Edmonton Oilers winger thought were predatory hits Saturday in Calgary.

"People don't do that to me or my teammates when I'm out there". If they're clean, they're still predatorial, which is completely fine. "But if you're going to play big boy hockey, you've got to answer the bell every once in awhile".

"Since I've been in minor midget I've stood up for myself and my teammates", Kassian explained to reporters following Oilers practice on Tuesday.

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