Kelowna Rockets forward Evan Bloodoff will miss the first four games of the 2011 Western Hockey League playoffs.
The league suspended the 20-year-old Bloodoff Tuesday for his actions in last Saturday’s 4-3 home ice loss to the Vancouver Giants.
Bloodoff was assessed a major and a game misconduct for a charging penalty after leaping into Giants’ defenceman Joel Rogers along the endboards.
Rogers, who was taken from the ice by stretcher, is currently sidelined with a concussion.
“We’re just happy the player that was injured wasn’t injured more seriously and we hope he has a full recovery,” said Rockets president and GM Bruce Hamilton. “It was a dangerous hit and I hope all our players, and all the players that were in that game, learn from that.”
Bloodoff will be eligible for game five of the Rockets first round playoff series against Prince George. Games 1 and 2 are this Friday and Saturday in Kelowna.