- Associated Press - Friday, September 24, 2010

CHICAGO (AP) - The NHL has suspended Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Nick Boynton for the regular-season opener for making a throat-slashing gesture during a preseason game against Tampa Bay.

Boynton was given a game misconduct for unsportsmanlike behavior after the incident in the second period of Wednesday’s game in Winnipeg. The NHL says he made the gesture toward Lightning player Blair Jones.

Boynton will miss the Blackhawks’ season opener at Colorado on Oct. 7. The NHL said Friday that he will forfeit $2,688 of his salary, with the money given to a players’ emergency assistance fund.

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