According to Jen Neale of Yahoo! Sports on Wednesday, former Calgary Hitmen right winger Jake Virtanen of the Vancouver Canucks has been suspended two games for a hit on Roman Polak of the San Jose Sharks on Tuesday. Virtanen delivered the hit at 2:01 of the second period in a 4-1 Sharks victory in Vancouver. He was given a five minute major penalty for interference and a ten minute misconduct.
In 51 games during his rookie season with the Canucks, Virtanen has seven goals and six assists for 13 points. He was also a -5 with 45 penalty minutes, 120 hits, 20 blocked shots, two faceoff wins, one power play goal, one game winning goal and 87 shots on goal.
Virtanen will not be playing Thursday for the Canucks in San Jose and Friday in Anaheim. He will return Monday against the Los Angeles Kings if the Canucks decide to put him in the lineup.
Virtanen and the Canucks meanwhile will not be playing in the 2016 Stanley Cup playoffs. The Canucks are like every other Canadian-based franchise this season and will not be participating come mid-April. When the Philadelphia Flyers beat the Washington Capitals 2-1 in a shootout on Wednesday, it eliminated the Ottawa Senators, the last Canadian team that had a mathematical chance of making the playoffs.