The Washington Times - January 8, 2009, 06:01AM

The NHL has suspended Ottawa Senators forward Jarko Ruutu for biting the gloved hand of an opposing player during a game Tuesday, the AP is reporting.

Hockey fans and reporters are calling Ruutu a “thug,” but I don’t know if that really applies.  He can’t be much of a hockey thug if he still has his front teeth.

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The NHL suspended Ruutu for two games.  The offficial terminology for the suspension is “giving him a time out.”

The opposing team won that game, and the lesson that Ruutu is supposed to learn is “never bite the hand that leads you.”