Detroit Red Wings forward Luke Witkowski will not appeal the 10-game suspension handed to him for his role in Wednesday's brawl with the Calgary Flames.

“I have decided not to appeal the 10-game suspension stemming from what happened against the Calgary Flames on Wednesday, November 15 in Detroit,” said Witkowski in a statement. “After consulting with the NHLPA and reviewing the options, I accept and understand that the wording of the rule, combined with what happened during the incident, leave little to no chance of a successful appeal.”

Witkowski received the automatic 10-game suspension due to the fact he returned to the ice after having been escorted off the ice by a referee.