(Reuters) - Anaheim Ducks forward Jean-Francois Jacques has been suspended for three games for delivering an elbow to the head of R.J. Umberger of the Columbus Blue Jackets, the National Hockey League (NHL) said Monday.
Jacques was assessed a major penalty for the illegal check, which occurred late in the third period of Anaheim's 7-4 victory on Sunday.
The 26-year-old left wing will forfeit nearly $24,000 in salary and will be eligible to return January 15 at Vancouver.
"J.F. hit a player that was vulnerable after shooting the puck, and he needs to be more aware in those situations," Ducks General Manager Bob Murray said in a statement. "We accept the league's ruling and will move forward."
Jacques was suspended for four preseason games and five regular-season games after coming off the bench to fight Vancouver's Mike Duco during a preseason contest on September 24.
(Reporting By Steve Ginsburg; editing by Ossian Shine)