Flames' Jokinen suspended three games

Published Nov. 18, 2010 12:00 a.m. ET

Calgary Flames’ forward Olli Jokinen has been suspended for three games for a cross check to the head of Colorado Avalanche forward Wojtek Wolski in a game Wednesday night.

Jokinen will forfeit $48,387.09 in salary to the Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund.

The incident occurred at 10:32 of the third period and Jokinen was assessed a major penalty for cross checking and a game misconduct.

Jokinen will miss the Flames next three games — Nov. 19 vs. Chicago, Nov. 21 at Detroit and Nov. 22 at New York Rangers. He is eligible to return Nov. 24 at New Jersey.

“I disagree with the league’s decision to suspend me for three games," Jokinen said in a statement released by the Flames. "I believed from our discussion this morning that there was an understanding that my intent was not to injure and circumstances that resulted in my stick going higher then expected. While I am upset with the ruling, I will abide by it and serve my three games while preparing to help my team when I return. I will have no further say on the matter.”

The Flames expressed their disappointment, too.

“We are very disappointed that the league has ruled this incident worthy of a three game suspension for Olli," the statement said. "However, we respect both the review process and the league’s decision.”