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Tuesday, September 27, 2011
NHL suspends Jean-Francois Jacques

By Dan Arritt
ESPNLosAngeles.com

The NHL announced Tuesday that Anaheim Ducks left wing Jean-Francois Jacques has been suspended for the rest of the preseason and the first five regular-season games for leaving the bench late in Saturday night's game in Vancouver to fight Canucks forward Mike Duco.

Brendan Shanahan, the NHL senior vice president of player safety and hockey operations, announced via video on the league's website that Jacques violated Rule 70.1, which prohibits a player from leaving the bench, even on a legal line change, for the purpose of starting a fight.

"As the video shows, Jacques comes on the ice on a legal line change, but he skates the entire width of the ice surface, taking a direct path to his opponent with the sole purpose of starting a fight," Shanahan said on the video.

Jacques had already incurred a one-game suspension for instigating a fight in the final five minutes of the game. The fight broke out with about 3½ minutes remaining in the 4-1 victory by Anaheim.

Jacques, 26, has played in 160 games with Edmonton, scoring nine goals and totaling 195 penalty minutes. He's considered a long shot to make the Ducks opening day roster. The Ducks have two preseason games remaining.

Based on Jacques' average salary, he will lose $17,567.55 for the suspension. He is eligible to return on Oct. 21 against Dallas.

It has been quite an active exhibition season for Shanahan, who has already issued six suspensions in his new role.

Each ban, except for a two-game suspension of Buffalo's Brad Boyes, has been for the remainder of the preseason schedule and carries into the regular season. Jacques is the first to be suspended for something other than a hit to the head or a check from behind.

Dan Arritt covers the NHL for ESPNLosAngeles.com. Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.