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Former NHLer Suspended for Hitting Opponent's Neck With Skate

Published December 19, 2023 at 2:11 PM
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Martin Frk Suspended for Dangerous Incident in Swiss National League

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Former Detroit Red Wings player Martin Frk is under intense scrutiny following a dangerous incident in a Swiss National League game. Frk became physically involved in a puck battle with Lawrence Pilut, an opposing player, and found himself in a perilous position near the bench. In a move with apparent intent to harm, he elevated his skate toward Lawrence's neck.

The sequence of events is detailed in this report from TSN:


Former NHLer Martin Frk has been suspended five games for his high skate to Lawrence Pilut's neck area.


Thankfully, Pilut managed to avoid a severe injury. Initially, Frk received a one-game suspension pending an investigation. However, the disciplinary committee of the Swiss National League later imposed a five-game suspension on Frk and levied a fine of 7,600 Swiss francs ($8,744). Reports indicate that this decision was reached on the premise that Frk deliberately kicked Pilut.

Frk Under Heavy Criticism From the Hockey Community



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This incident has ignited conversations within the hockey community, with some advocating for more severe repercussions, including a potential lifetime ban for Frk.








Also, this incident transpired less than six weeks after the tragic death of former Pittsburgh Penguins player Adam Johnson, who suffered a neck injury from a skate during a game between the Nottingham Panthers and Sheffield Steelers in the EIHL.

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