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Former league MVP Corey Perry was slapped with a four-game suspension Wednesday for an illegal check on Minnesota Wild forward Jason Zucker, the National Hockey League announced Wednesday.
The 27-year-old Canadian, who plays for the Anaheim Ducks, was given a major penalty for interference and game misconduct at 4:21 of the second period in a 2-1 win over the Wild on Tuesday.
He will miss games at Dallas and St. Louis, and home games against San Jose and Chicago before being eligible to return on March 22 against Detroit.
In 25 games this season with the first place Ducks, Perry has nine goals and 15 assists.
Perry has enjoyed success at every level he has played, including winning the Hart Trophy as the league's MVP in the 2010-11 season. He scored 50 goals that season and finished third in total points.
Perry won a gold medal with Team Canada at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver and a Stanley Cup with Anaheim in 2007.
He was a member of Canada's gold medal winning team at the World Junior Championships and as a member of the London Knights he won a Memorial Cup, which is awarded to the top junior hockey team in North America.