TORONTO (AP) — Upon further review, Chris Pronger's stomp on the leg of Vancouver center Ryan Kesler could not go unpunished.

The NHL kicked back at Anaheim's All-Star defenseman on Saturday, suspending him for eight games — a ban that won't expire until the final day of the regular season.

Pronger was to begin serving his eighth career suspension on Saturday night when the defending Stanley Cup champion Ducks hosted the St. Louis Blues.

"First, I apologize to Ryan Kesler. Second, to the Vancouver Canucks organization, third, to the Anaheim Ducks organization, the league and the fans," Pronger said after receiving his longest suspension. "They obviously deserve an apology as well.