John Tavares bitten in Swiss League, player fined

SC Bern's John Tavares from the New York

SC Bern's John Tavares from the New York Islanders, left, challenges for the puck with Rapperswil's Antonio Rizzello, right, during the Swiss first league hockey match between Rapperswil-Jona Lakers and SC Bern, in Rapperswil, Switzerland. (Dec. 8, 2012) (Credit: AP)

A Swiss hockey league player was fined Friday for biting Islanders center John Tavares in a game Dec. 22.

Tavares did not miss any time after the incident late in the second period of his SC Bern squad's game with EHC Biel, when Biel forward Clarence Kparghai bit Tavares during a scrum. Kparghai, a veteran of the Swiss National League, was fined 900 Swiss francs, or about $975 U.S. Multiple reports did not describe where Tavares was bitten, but he continued to play.

Tavares is the Swiss league's fourth-leading scorer with 18 goals and 25 assists through 28 games for Bern, where he is a teammate of Islanders captain Mark Streit. Tavares led the Islanders in scoring last season with 31 goals and 50 assists for 81 points, good for seventh in the NHL.

In other news, defenseman Travis Hamonic, who has been sidelined from the Bridgeport Sound Tigers since Dec. 2 with a concussion, is likely to resume skating Monday and might be on target to participate if camps open next week.

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