Hockey Thug Suspended for ... Biting?

By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jan 7, 2009 9:42 PM CST

(Newser) – Turns out the NHL has a bigger bite than Ottawa's Jarkko Ruutu. The league suspended Ruutu two games without pay for biting the gloved hand of Buffalo's Andrew Peters in a game Tuesday. "It's weird to even think that that goes on in hockey," said Peters, known more for his fists than his skill. "Even in my role, I would never think of doing something like that."

Peters started the skirmish by shoving the palm of his glove into Ruutu's face and pushing him into the boards. Ruutu responded by chomping down on Peters' glove. The force of Ruutu's bite broke the skin and drew blood on Peters' right thumb. As Peters pulled away in pain, his glove was ripped off by Ruutu's bite. Ruutu denied he bit Peters despite conclusive replays. It is, of course, a YouTube hit.