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John Moore suspended 5 games for illegal check to the head

The NHL has suspended John Moore five games for an illegal check.

Bruce Bennett

John Moore has been suspended five games by the NHL Department of Player Safety for an illegal hit to the head, the league announced on Wednesday evening.

Moore, who is considered a repeat offender under the terms of the collective bargaining agreement, was fined nearly $52,000 for the hit. That total is determined based upon the annual average value of Moore's contract, which is $810,000 in addition to $125,000 in performance bonuses, according to

The play occurred during the Rangers' game against the Minnesota Wild on Monday night.

The Department of Player Safety's video explains that Moore's hit was an illegal check to the head that resulted in Haula being injured:

Haula was not able to return to play after the hit and was not available for the Wild's game against the Boston Bruins on Tuesday night. Moore was assessed a match penalty for the hit.

Moore was suspended as recently as last season, when the NHL gave him two games for hitting Dale Weise in the 2014 playoffs. In total, Moore has played 14 games since his last suspension. He will be eligible to return to the Rangers' lineup against the Pittsburgh Penguins on Nov. 11.

Moore will not be eligible to appeal the suspension because it was less than six games.