Toronto Maple Leafs Alexander Kerfoot Suspended Two Games For Boarding

Alexander Kerfoot
TORONTO, ON - NOVEMBER 09: Toronto Maple Leafs Center Alexander Kerfoot (15) passes the puck during the regular season NHL game between the Philadelphia Flyers and Toronto Maple Leafs on November 9, 2019 at Scotiabank Arena in Toronto, ON. (Photo by Gerry Angus/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

The NHL Department of Player Safety announced that Toronto Maple Leafs forward Alexander Kerfoot has been suspended two games for boarding.

Alexander Kerfoot Suspended

On Saturday night, an incident occurred between Kerfoot and Colorado Avalanche defenceman Erik Johnson. With the Maple Leafs on the attack, Kerfoot made a dangerous play forechecking the puck. While playing the puck behind his own net, Kerfoot cross-checked Johnson from behind. This caused Johnson to crash into the boards headfirst. The referee gave Kerfoot a penalty for boarding on the play. Soon after the league announced Kerfoot would have a hearing on Monday.

This is Kerfoot’s first time in front of the Department of Player Safety. Along with the suspension, Kerfoot will forfeit US$37,634.40 in salary. Kerfoot knows this was a bone-headed play. And one he should not have made. Now Kerfoot will pay a penalty for his action.

This was Kerfoot’s second game back after undergoing surgery to repair facial dental fractures. In 22 games this season, Kerfoot has five goals and three assists. He is currently on a six-game pointless streak. Kerfoot will miss the remainder of the Maple Leafs road trip. He is eligible to return Saturday against the Buffalo Sabres.

Going Forward

With Kerfoot out of the lineup for two games, look for either Dmytro Timashov or Nick Shore to take his spot in the lineup. Even though Kerfoot is not putting up the points, this puts the Maple Leafs in a tough spot. Already without Mitch Marner, they have lost another forward upfront.

The Maple Leafs have found new life under new coach Sheldon Keefe after firing Mike Babcock. This will be a missed opportunity for Kerfoot. Hecould finally be put in a position to succeed with the Leafs playing to their potential. That chance will now be put on hold.

TORONTO, ON – NOVEMBER 09: Toronto Maple Leafs Center Alexander Kerfoot (15) passes the puck during the regular season NHL game between the Philadelphia Flyers and Toronto Maple Leafs on November 9, 2019 at Scotiabank Arena in Toronto, ON. (Photo by Gerry Angus/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

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Jim is a 2008 graduate of Saint Michaels College who is currently writing about the NHL for Last Word on Hockey. His work includes writing about the New Jersey Devils as well as NHL Notebooks for the Metro and Central Division. Jim has a passion for the game of hockey. As one coach put it "he is the student of the game." When Jim is not writing he can be found at the local rinks playing or being a referee. Throughout his time in the game, Jim continues to coach a local high school team. In addition, he broadcasted several New Jersey Junior Rockets games for the Eastern Hockey League. Reach him on Twitter: @JimBiringer

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