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Archive for Sunday, October 28, 2001

League suspends Gilmour, Varada

October 28, 2001

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— Montreal Canadiens center Doug Gilmour and Buffalo Sabres forward Vaclav Varada were each suspended for one game by the NHL on Saturday for their actions in Friday night's game.

NHL vice president Colin Campbell announced the suspensions after speaking with the players.

The suspension will cost Gilmour $9,757.73 in salary and Varada loses $3,951.89 with the money going to the Players Emergency Assistance Fund. Both sat out games Saturday night and will be eligible to return to their teams for games Tuesday.

Late in the first period of Montreal's 5-2 win Friday, Varada collided with Canadiens goaltender Jose Theodore, who had left the net to charge after a puck. Theodore slid along the ice and it appeared Varada hit him in the head with his knee or foot.

Gilmour then charged at Varada, clipping him at the knees. Both players received major penalties and game misconducts. Theodore was forced to leave the game with a concussion.

Theodore was the second Montreal goalie to go out with an injury. Veteran Jeff Hackett injured his shoulder last Saturday also against Buffalo.

Mathieu Garon replaced Theodore and the Canadiens called up 18-year-old goaltender Olivier Michaud from the Quebec League's Shawinigan Cataractes on Saturday. Montreal also called up center Mike Ribeiro from Quebec of the AHL.

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