Blue Jackets D Johnson gets 3-game suspension

New York, NY ( – Columbus Blue Jackets defenseman Jack
Johnson was suspended three games without pay by the National Hockey League
on Wednesday.

Johnson was cited for an illegal check to the head of Carolina Hurricanes
forward Jiri Tlusty during the third period of Tuesday night’s game.

The 27-year-old will forfeit $70,276.50 to the Players’ Emergency Assistance

Johnson will be eligible to return to the Columbus lineup on Nov. 14 against
Philadelphia. He will begin serving his suspension on Friday when the Blue
Jackets finish off a home-and-home set with Carolina.