Flames F Blake Coleman suspended for boarding

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Sep 29, 2021; Calgary, Alberta, CAN; Calgary Flames center Blake Coleman (20) skates with the puck against the Seattle Kraken during the overtime period at Scotiabank Saddledome. Mandatory Credit: Sergei Belski-USA TODAY Sports

October 8, 2021

The NHL suspended Calgary Flames forward Blake Coleman for one preseason game and one regular season game on Thursday for boarding Winnipeg Jets forward Jansen Harkins.

Coleman was assessed a two-minute penalty at 6:17 of the second period in Wednesday’s preseason game in Winnipeg. Harkins left briefly before returning to the contest.

“Those are tough. It was a pretty solid check into the numbers,” Jets head coach Paul Maurice said. “We’re fortunate that he’s healthy. You don’t want to see anything happen from behind.”

Coleman, 29, signed a six-year, $29.4 million contract with the Flames in July. He recorded 31 points (14 goals, 17 assists) in 55 games last season with the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Harkins, 24, collected two points (one goal, one assist) in 26 games last season with the Jets.

The Flames conclude their preseason slate Friday at home against Winnipeg. Calgary opens the regular season at Edmonton on Oct. 16.

–Field Level Media