Montreal Canadiens forward Paul Byron felt the swift hand of the law today when he was given a three game suspension. 

Many felt a suspension would be coming by the Department of Player Safety, however not many expected it to be for three games. 

A couple of hours after the suspension, Byron released a statement on his Instagram account. 

"I accept and respect the decision made by the department of player safety. I would like to make it clear I had no intention of causing injury or finishing my check through MacKenzie Weeger's head. I think my history and the way I conduct myself on the ice show a lack of intent to injure other players. Despite the lack of intention, I have to accept responsibility for my hit and realize the result of the hit was to the head and caused injury. I would like to sincerely apologize for my hit and wish MacKenzie all the best and hope he is okay. I've learnt a lesson through this and will make sure any future hits result in a clean and legal fashion." 

Strong words by the Habs' alternate captain. 

Byron won't be eligible to return until February 2nd against the New Jersey Devils. 

Source: Paul Byron Instagram
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