Matt Cooke Suspended For Remainder Of Season

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — The NHL has made its decision regarding Matt Cooke.

Cooke will be suspended for the rest of the season plus the first round of the playoffs, giving up nearly $220,000 in salary.

KDKA’s Bob Pompeani reports this is the longest suspension in Penguins’ history.

The suspension stems from the elbow he landed on the jaw of New York Rangers defenseman Ryan McDonagh.

The NHL released a statement quoting Colin Campbell, senior executive vice president of hockey operations.

Campbell called Cooke a “repeat offender” and said the league had to respond.

“This isn’t the first time this season that we have had to address dangerous behavior on the ice by Mr. Cooke, and his conduct requires an appropriately harsh response,” he said in the statement.

Penguins GM Ray Shero stands behind the NHL’s decision, saying head shots have no place in the game.

“We’ve told Matt in no uncertain terms that this kind of action on the ice is unacceptable and cannot happen,” he said in a statement. “Head shots must be dealt with severely, and the Pittsburgh Penguins support the NHL in sending this very strong message.”

Cooke’s latest hit happened at center ice just under five minutes into the third period. Cooke was given a five-minute major for elbowing and a game misconduct.

The Penguins went on to lose the game 5-2.

This is Cooke’s fifth career suspension. Three of his previous suspensions have involved hits to the head or hits from behind.

Last month, Cooke was suspended for four games for hitting Columbus’ Fedor Tyutin from behind.

The Penguins are in Detroit to take on the Red Wings tonight at 7:30 p.m.


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  • Rambo

    suspend him indefinably and make him donate his pay to the study of concussions!

    cookie is one of my favorite players but he is getting outta hand, some of hits are iffy calls but what he did yesterday was LOW

  • will g

    he should also be arrested for assult

    • pens fan

      thats crazy its just a hockey game. no need to get all worked up about it. if you dont like getting hit hard then dont play, its that simple.

      • megan

        i agree and idsagre ya if u dont like getting hit hard dont play but to an extent. ya u gotta hit but not where its gonna harm the player like a concussion or a serious injury.

      • stoopm

        You say that now, but I’ll bet you were crying about the two hits on Crosby weren’t you? Slappy!

  • Binx

    We have no business complaining about what players do to our top guys when we have people doing the same thing. Really takes away from the class of our team. Clean hits, people. Why end someone’s career like that? Yes, it’s a rough game and sometimes accidental injuries do occur, but doing things on purpose to actually hurt someone to a much bigger degree is just tragic.

    • rambo

      what cooke did yesterday was not an accident…he threw an elbow

  • Jon S

    i am a pens season ticket holder and i think its time for cooke to go. he is obviously not bright enough to learn from his past mistakes and now he makes the team, the coaches the management and ownership look bad. its time for Mario and Ray to back up thier talk and dismiss matt cooke.

    • allday724

      would you like cooke to play for Philly or Washington, if you let him go who says he wont do this to crosby, malkin, talbot, stall etc. keep him he is a good player minus the “uncalled” for hits.

    • Loves Crosby

      agree totally Jon. Its time for him to go.

  • MW

    Quit crying. It’s hockey. Go watch football, sissies.

    • Brad Lodovico

      Reason #1 I can’t stand football fans.

    • Dan

      O ya since football is so tough right now when you cant touch a player too high or too low or too hard. Thats turning into more of a sissy sport than baseball

      • Loves Crosby

        I totally agree with Dan. Football players make millions of dollars and they know what they signed up for and that is hard hits. The league is turning football into a sissy sport. Next they will be wearing little pink petty coats..

    • rambo

      i all in for the huge hits and fights in hockey but what cookie did was uncalled for, you dont throw an elbow at someones head, it was plain as day

  • Allday724

    how is everyone saying get rid of Cooke, yeah it was dirty but where was steckels suspension on crosby, where was Chara’s suspenion. Cooke is a good player, one of our best penalty killers and he gets those big goals here and there. who would you replace him with. you need someone out there to defend crosby, malkin, stall, fluery etc. and he can produce.

    • Nick Manning

      Steckel and Chara have never been Suspended, this is Cookes 4th time overall. Steckels was not intentional Cookes was, also they are looking for intent to injure which it looks like he was, he got what he deserves maybe he will learn from it or not

      • Nick Manning

        my bad this is his 5th time being Suspended

      • jabboy

        Steckel’s hit “wasn’t intentional?” Are you that stupid?

      • allday724

        sorry he didnt try to kill him, he almost DID killed him. so your saying if you hit someone once illegally it is alright. so Crosby can go out and hit someone with a flying elbow to the head and it would be alright becasue that is the 1st time he did it????

      • allday724

        Chara tried to kill the guy! i dont care if he is a repeat offender, if they are going to punish people do it down the line whether it is a repeat or a first time. they have to be consistant.

    • Loves Crosby

      He surely can’t produce if he is suspended for 10 games now can he and if he contiunes to hit in the head Mario will get rid of him anyway

    • brett1058

      you really can not put Cookes deliberate elbow in the same Category with steckel & chara hits ? I like cookes agressive play as well as the next guy, but he crosses the line entirely to much ! While I dont think steckels hit on Sid was as harmless as he claims it still was not a obvious intent to injure with an elbow & Chara’s hit was not anything more than a 2 minute interference penalty in the wrong place of the rink ???

  • a.b. smith

    cooke’s cheap hit magmified by the fact that it was on national tv.. huwever, suspensions are equivalent to time in the penalty box for the nhl. i.e. just serve thetime and go out and play again.. no big deal. the salary lost is mitigated by their large salary to begin with.. suggest thatr the entire team be penalized by a subtraction of a point off of their standing total for each suspension that the team incurs for a head hit.

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  • gary

    Im a big Pens fan. I agree that Cooke can be a good player, but this is gone too far. He is showing he cannot play a clean game. The Pens are leading the charge to clean up the game and he does this? Cant have it. He needs to go. And if anyone thinks Steckels hit on Crosby was an accident, wake up.

  • Brad Lodovico

    Cooke is a great player but a complete idiot who I put 80% of yesterday’s loss on him for what he did. He’s an embarrassment and a black eye to a good organization such as the Pens and takes away from Mario and Shero’s right demands to ban hits to the head in the NHL.

  • DC

    I am a huge hockey fan , but not a Pens fan. Do not watch many Pens games, watching tonight, very dirty team, alot of slashes and dirty plays already in the 1st period. The Pens are the darlings of the NHL because of Crosby.

    • TonyO

      Yout sound like a jealous idiot capitals fan. You know, from the team that put the dirty on Crosby. By the way, how many Cups do you have? Thats right – zero – or the average of a Flyers, Capitals, or Rangers fan.

  • gordie howe

    YINZERS , COOKE ALMOST KILLED SAVARD , borderline legal but cooke tries to hurt guys , he is a great guy and my kid loves him BUT HE NEEDS TO BE BENCHED , before he cripples a player , HE IS A REPEAT OFFENDER YINZERS HE IS BEING DEALT WITH , GO BACK TO FOOTBALL U KNOW NOTHING ABOUT HOCKEY

  • Uniform Justice

    Okay so suspend Cooke for the rest of the season, what about Gillis from the Islanders, he was back on the ice for two shifts before he lost his mind. In case those of you, with a short memory, don’t remember this is the clown that pounded Tangradi on the head while he was unconscious on the ice and he didn’t receive a season suspension. The reality is hockey referees don’t call the game the same from game to game. The NHL is a joke when it comes to disciplinary action. Anyone that doubts that Steckels hit on Sid wasn’t cheap go back and slow it down and watch it, he got his elbow up on a much smaller man. As Mario once said, the NHL is a “Garage League”.

    • Loves Crosby

      I agree that what Gillis did was one of the worst things I have ever seen in hockey. He should have gotten alot worse than he did. That game should have been stopped. DiPeatro started that whole ordeal. He came out to challenge Johnson and when he got his clock stopped by Johnny then the whole team got embarrased and decided to deal with it their own way. As for Steckel it was definitely a cheap hit and should have had some disciplinary action taken. Refs in the NHL should go back to school and learn that whats good for one is good for all. They turn a blind eye to certain teams and pentalize other teams more than deserved.

  • Thoma50

    For those of you that want to watch people get into fights and hit each other than go watch the cage fighting exhibitions. I would like to watch hockey and not friday night fights. The NHL, has taken a page out of the NFL’s book and decided that enough is enough – the dirty hits have gotten out of hand and its taking away from the game. When skilled players are being dragged down and others being hit unconscious then I think enough is enough.

    • Loves Crosby

      I agree.. Hockey is a great sport but when you delibertly go out to seriously hurt or end a players career thats just way out of hand and shouldnt be tolerated by ANY TEAM..

  • Thoma50

    Your right Gordie – the Yinzers of Pittsburgh will say that only sissies want the rules… they say the same thing about the NFL and the near death hits those guys were laying out too… They must feel that they are the “tuff guys” if they say they want hard hits etc…

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