The apple doesn’t fall far from the broader family tree, it seems, when it comes to the NHL’s Bertuzzi clan.
Detroit Red Wings forward Tyler Bertuzzi, nephew of infamous former NHLer Todd Bertuzzi, earned himself a two-game ban following an altercation during Detroit’s matchup against the Colorado Avalanche on Sunday evening.
Bertuzzi was awarded the ban for what was deemed both roughing and unsportsmanlike conduct, following his delivery of an uppercut punch to Colorado forward Matt Calvert’s jaw while Calvert was being held back against the benches by Red Wings teammate Dylan Larkin.
Calvert was initially driven into the boards by veteran Detroit blue liner Mike Green — and once he was pinned along the half-wall by the Detroit bench, Larkin, Michael Rasmussen, and Bertuzzi all grabbed Calvert’s stick and held him there.
When Calvert tried to skate away, Larkin held the stick, and the trio of Red Wings players got chippy with Calvert before Bertuzzi delivered the punch that earned him the ban.
For those who missed the incident, here’s the full video:
Tyler Bertuzzi with a sucker punch to Matt Calvert from the Red Wings bench. pic.twitter.com/E9FGO1uoRe— Hockey Collective (@HKYCollective) December 3, 2018
Drafted 58th overall by the Red Wings in 2013, Bertuzzi has been reasonably serviceable for the Atlantic Division team this year. He’s managed to rack up nine goals and sixteen points, good for fourth in scoring on the surprisingly resurgent roster.
Clearly, though, he’s still got a temper.