The NHL announced tonight Colorado Avalanche defenseman Tyson Barrie has been suspended three games for his hit on Simon Despres in the second period of Colorado’s game in Anaheim on Friday night. The hit is officially classified as charging and interference. This is the first suspension of Barrie’s career.

This likely clears the way for the Avalanche to take a look at Brandon Gormley, who has been a healthy scratch the first four games of the season, during Barrie’s absence.

You can view the entire suspension from NHL’s Department of Player Safety video below:

AJ Haefele

This Aurora, Colorado native moved to Katy, Texas at a young age but found himself right back at home in 2009 and would begin covering the Avalanche a year later. Before joining BSN Denver, A.J. had been writing for and briefly managed the popular Avalanche blog, Mile High Hockey. A.J. has been providing detailed practice reports, training camp coverage, and in-depth looks at the Avalanche and their divisional foes since 2010.