Islanders D Jeff Norton drew an eight-game suspension and Blackhawks C Adam Creighton was suspended for five games by the NHL for separate stick-swinging incidents in exhibition games Sunday.

Norton was reprimanded by NHL Executive Vice President Brian O'Neill for his conduct in a game against the Penguins. He drew a match penalty for deliberately injuring LW Jeff Daniels, who was cut in the face by Norton's stick.

O'Neill's suspension of Creighton came after he reviewed a stick-swinging incident in which Creighton, in a retaliatory move, struck North Stars C Bobby Smith.

O'Neill said in his statement it was clear Creighton swung his stick in retaliation. "In addition, it did not appear that Creighton showed any restraint when swinging the stick, and fortunately, no injury resulted."


Blackhawks coach and general manager Mike Keenan has been charged with driving under the influence of alcohol, Wilmette, Ill., police said.

"I made a mistake," Keenan said through team spokesman Jim De Maria. "I'm sorry for embarrassing my family and the Blackhawks' organization."

Keenan's car veered into oncoming traffic lanes at 1:20 a.m. Tuesday, Wilmette Police Deputy Chief Michael Kennedy said. Keenan, a Wilmette resident, failed a field sobriety test and refused to take a breath test, Kennedy said.