Blue Jackets' Peca suspended for making contact with ref Staff

10/11/2008 7:45:43 PM

Columbus Blue Jackets forward Michael Peca has been suspended following an incident where he made intentional physical contact with an official on Friday.

During the second period of the Blue Jackets' game against the Dallas Stars, Peca was knocked down by Brenden Morrow; the Stars' forward then scored a goal on a redirection. Peca skated over to referee Greg Kimmerly to complain about the lack of a call on Morrow and the contact took place.

"The only contact was me grabbing his arm to slow him down because he was skating away and I wanted to plead my case," Peca told the Columbus Dispatch. "They're claiming I hit (a) linesman with my stick after I hit the glass with it, which is completely false."

The Jackets went on to win the game 5-4 in overtime.

Peca is facing a multi-game suspension under Rule 41 - Physical Abuse of Officials. The 34-year-old is appealing but will remain suspended until the NHL looks into the matter further at a hearing to be scheduled for the coming week.