The Department of Player Safety has handed out another punishment, this time suspending Philadelphia Flyers forward Joel Farabee three games. Farabee delivered a late hit on Winnipeg Jets forward Mathieu Perreault over the weekend. As the accompanying video explains:
What causes this incident to rise to the level of supplemental discipline, is the considerable lateness and force of a hit delivered to a vulnerable opponent. While we acknowledge Farabee’s assertion that he attempts to hit Perreault in a legal fashion, he fails to do so under the interference rule. Perreault is left unprepared for the impending contact, and unable to adequately protect himself, resulting in an injury.
The Jets have put Perreault in the concussion protocol after he left the game following the check. Farabee has never been suspended or fined before in his NHL career, though that only encompasses 27 games.
The 19-year old Farabee has become quite a revelation for the Flyers, scoring 11 points in 27 games after stepping almost directly into the NHL. The 14th overall pick from 2018 has become a regular in the Philadelphia lineup and looks like a core piece for the team to build around moving forward. He’ll have to watch that he doesn’t get a reputation for things like this however, as the DoPS will only hand out increasing punishments for each future incident.