Anaheim Ducks forward Corey Perry was suspended four games by the NHL Wednesday, a day after blindsiding Minnesota Wild rookie Jason Zucker.

Rob Blake of the NHL’s department of player safety described it as a late hit that made significant contact with Zucker’s head.

“In spite of the fact that all players need to be aware of their surroundings, it is perfectly reasonable that Zucker should no longer expect to be hit this long after possession,” Blake said. “Furthermore, although all plays develop quickly, Perry has enough time to avoid this violent check or, at the very least, minimize it significantly.”

Zucker was motionless on the ice for several minutes after the hit before he was helped to the dressing room. Perry was given a major penalty for interference and a game misconduct.