Oilers' Ference suspended three games

New York, NY ( - Edmonton Oilers defenseman Andrew Ference was suspended three games by the NHL on Monday for an illegal check.

Ference delivered a check to the head of Vancouver forward Zack Kassian in the second period of Saturday's game with the Canucks. He was assessed a minor penalty on the play.

The supplemental discipline was issued by the NHL Department of Player Safety because Ference is considered a repeat offender. He will forfeit $118,902 of his salary, which will go to the Players' Emergency Assistance Fund.

Ference will miss road games this week against Philadelphia, Boston and Buffalo. He will be eligible to return on Sunday against the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden.