By DAVID WALKER/Associated PressBOULDER, Colo.
(AP) – The Colorado Avalanche hockey team announced Wednesday that forward Alex Ovechkin has been suspended three games and fined $2,500 for violating team rules.
Ovechka’s ban also will be reduced to a “temporary suspension,” which means he can play during the team’s upcoming trip to Washington, D.C., and San Jose on Oct. 26.
The suspension ends a tumultuous season in which the Bolts were eliminated from the playoffs for the first time since 2002-03.
They won the Stanley Cup, and Ovecha was a first-round pick in the 2003 NHL Draft.
He has seven goals and 11 assists this season.
The Avalanche announced Ovechnikkin was suspended for an undisclosed amount of time for a violation of team rules related to the use of a personal electronic device in an official game.
Ovechenko’s penalty was assessed for a play that occurred prior to a whistle.
The team said in a statement that the penalty was the result of an incident that occurred during a playoff series between the Washington Capitals and the New York Islanders on Oct, 20, and occurred after the game.
The incident was not caught on video, but the Avalanche said they will conduct an internal review to determine whether there were other ways to have avoided the penalty.