Dirty Hit Leads To A Massive Suspension

Published October 1, 2023 at 9:00 PM
BY AUSTIN SABOURIN
A former NHL player is in the spotlight, facing a substantial suspension following an unsettling incident in the Swedish Hockey League (SHL). Anton Lindholm, currently a member of Leksand in the SHL, has come under scrutiny for a shoulder-to-face hit on Henrik Bjorklund of Färjestad.


The SHL's Disciplinary Committee has taken decisive action, handing Lindholm a five-game suspension and a fine of just over $7000 USD. Lindholm, who has been part of Leksand for three seasons, delivered the hit when his team was trailing 3-0.

The committee's ruling leaves no room for doubt, holding Lindholm solely accountable for the dangerous hit, stating, "The hit involves a great risk of injury and is disrespectful. The tackled player cannot in any significant way be considered to have contributed to the tackle hitting the head."


It's worth mentioning that Lindholm had played 66 NHL games, all with the Colorado Avalanche, before exiting the league in 2021. On the other hand, Bjorklund, who was drafted by the Calgary Flames in 2009, has not ventured into North American hockey.

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