|Andre Roy - Tampa Bay
Tampa Bay Lightning right wing Andre Roy received one of the
longest suspensions in NHL history last Tuesday, a 13-game ban for leaving the
penalty box and physically abusing an official.
The incident occurred
with 9:51 left in Monday night's 6-4 loss to the New York Rangers. After an
altercation with a pair of Rangers, Roy left the box and returned to the ice.
In his attempt to engage the players in New York's penalty box, Roy used
excessive force against a linesman. Roy, who leads the team with 211 penalty
minutes, received 10 games for leaving the box and three for abuse of an
official -- both automatic suspensions.
He will miss the last seven
games of this season and the first six in 2002-03. The 13-game ban matches the
seventh-longest in NHL history and is the most severe since Marty McSorley
received a record 23-game suspension for slashing Donald Brashear to the head
in February 2000.