Washington Capitals right wing Garnet Hathaway (21) fights Anaheim Ducks center Derek Grant (38) during the second period of an NHL hockey game, Monday, Nov. 18, 2019, in Washington. Hathaway has been suspended for spitting on Anaheim defenseman Erik Gudbranson. Credit: Nick Wass | AP

NEW YORK — A hockey player who grew up in Kennebunkport has been suspended by the National Hockey League.

Washington Capitals forward Garnet Hathaway has been suspended three games for spitting on an opponent.

The NHL announced Hathaway’s suspension Wednesday after a hearing with him. He will forfeit $24,194 in salary.

Toward the end of a heated brawl between the Capitals and Ducks on Monday night, Hathaway responded to a rabbit punch from Erik Gudbranson by spitting on the Anaheim defenseman. Hathaway was ejected with a match penalty that carried with it an automatic suspension pending review by the league.

Hathaway was born in Florida but was raised in Kennebunkport. He played his high school hockey at Phillips Academy in Andover, Massachusetts, and went on to play four seasons at Brown University.

He signed in 2015 as an undrafted free agent with the Calgary Flames. In parts of five NHL seasons, Hathaway has played in 198 games and has registered 18 goals and 29 assists with 249 penalty minutes.

Hathaway said he regretted spitting on Gudbranson and called it an emotional moment. He will miss Washington’s games against the New York Rangers, Vancouver Canucks and Florida Panthers.

The 27-year-old has been a strong addition to the Capitals since they signed him in July. With Washington in salary cap trouble because of injuries and the suspension, the team put winger Carl Hagelin on long-term injured reserve and Nic Dowd on injured reserve and recalled two minor league forwards to play Wednesday night at New York.

Pete Warner

Pete graduated from Bangor High School in 1980 and earned a B.S. in Journalism (Advertising) from the University of Maine in 1986. He grew up fishing at his family's camp on Sebago Lake but didn't take...