Letourneau-Leblond suspended five games for boarding Staff

9/22/2011 8:52:08 PM

The NHL suspended Flames forward Pierre-Luc Letourneau-Leblond for four pre-season games and one regular season game on Thursday for his actions in a game Tuesday against Vancouver.

Letourneau-Leblond received two minutes for boarding and a ten-minute misconduct for his hit from behind to Vancouver forward Matt Clackson 14:47 into the third period.

It's the first suspension handed down by Brendan Shanahan since he took over as Senior VP of player safety for the National Hockey League.

"Letourneau-Leblond took a direct route toward Clackson, hit him squarely from behind into the boards and drove through the check high and hard," Shanahan said in a video statement. "Clackson's back was turned toward Letourneau-Leblond well before the contract, requiring that Letourneau-Leblond avoid or minimize the check completely. He did neither."

Letourneau-Leblond is considered a repeat offender due to a one-game suspension he received on Oct. 9, 2010. The suspension will cost him $6,402.44 in salary and the money will go to the Players' Emergency Assistance Fund.