League hands Ott three-game suspension for hit to Leopold's head

DALLAS -- The NHL suspended Dallas Stars forward Steve Ott
for three games without pay Wednesday for his hit to the head of Colorado Avalanche
defenseman Jordan Leopold.

No penalty was assessed on the play in the first period of
Sunday's game, but the suspension came after a review of the play.

Ott appeared to leave his feet to make the hit on Leopold against
the boards, and Leopold left the game with a head injury. Leopold missed the Avalanche's Tuesday game against Atlanta.

Ott will miss Thursday's game at Detroit, as well as games
against Vancouver and Anaheim before being eligible to return March
22 against Los Angeles.

Ott forfeits his salary from those three games, amounting to $12,834. The money will go
to the NHL players' emergency assistance fund. It is Ott's first career suspension.