Matt Cooke Says He Didn’t Mean To Injure Barrie

Matt Cooke of the Minnesota Wild was handed a seven-game suspension on Wednesday for his knee-to-knee hit that injured Avalanche defenseman Tyson Barrie.

In the short statement to the media, Cooke explained that he’s not the same player he was many years ago and it was not his intention to hurt Barrie.

“First and foremost, I want to say that I’m disappointed and sorry that Tyson Barrie can’t play for the Colorado Avalanche tonight. I wish that he could. Unfortunately, it was not my intent to collide with him knee-on-knee. It was my intent to finish my check.”

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