Phoenix captain Shane Doan issued a statement on Wednesday night, apologizing for a hit on Dallas Stars' forward Jamie Benn . Earlier in the day, the NHL gave Doan a three-game suspension for hitting Benn in the head with the right elbow during Tuesday's game.

``I accept the NHL's decision and ruling,'' Doan said. ``I am thankful that Jamie Benn was not hurt on the play. I recognize how bad it looked but there was no intent to injure him. Jamie Benn is a class act and I appreciate how he handled everything. I apologize to the NHL, my teammates and our fans for missing the next 3 games as we continue to fight for a playoff spot.''