Vancouver Canucks forward Byron Bitz was suspended for two games by NHL on Thursday for boarding Los Angeles Kings forward Kyle Clifford during Game 1 of their playoff series.
The hit happened at 12:12 of the second period Wednesday night, and Bitz was given a major penalty and a game misconduct. Clifford stayed on the bench for a while, then left the game and did not return.
Via AP on Fox
April 12, 2012
The NHL handed down a two-game suspension for Vancouver forward Byron Bitz on Thursday for an incident in the series opener against Los Angeles.
Bitz incurred a five-minute boarding major and a game misconduct after hitting Kings forward Kyle Clifford high during the second period of Vancouver's 4-2 loss on Wednesday. Clifford will also miss Game 2, due to an upper body injury...
Former Cornell Big Red forward Bryon Bitz was given a five minute major and a game misconduct for this dirty elbow on Los Angeles Kings forward Kyle Clifford. This is an unnecessary and dangerous hit and needs to be taken from the game of hockey. I predict that since Bitz who is a third or fourth line player he will end up serving a suspension or a game or two for this hit because...
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The Hat Trick
Bitz’ Big First
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The team announced today that Byron Bitz has been put on waivers by Canucks.
Vigneault confirmed Tuesday that Bitz has been put on waivers for the purpose of sending him to the minors.
Bitz, who’s missed most of the last 2 NHL seasons due to hip/abdominal injuries, has been in Chicago practising with the Wolves for 3 three weeks.
Bitz was signed as a free agent by the Canucks...