Philadelphia Flyers forward James van Riemsdyk has been fined $5,000 for high-sticking Los Angeles Kings defenseman Alec Martinez.

The incident took place at 1:04 of the first period when the two teams met Thursday in Philadelphia.  No penalty was called on the play by referee Brad Meier.



Martinez was not seriously injured on the play. After being evaluated by the Kings’ medical staff, he did return to the game.

Van Riemsdyk’s average salary (AAV), per Cap Friendly, is $7.0MM, making his daily salary $37,634. ($3.25MM/186 days). His maximum fine would therefore be $10,000, since one-half of one day’s salary is $18,817 for the Philadelphia winger. Exceeding the $5,000 mark, though, would have required a phone hearing.

From the CBA, section 18.7:

A fine may be in an amount up to fifty percent (50%) of the Player’s Paragraph 1 NHL Salary and Bonuses, but not including Performance Bonuses, divided by the number of days in the Regular Season, but in no event shall it exceed $10,000 for the first fine and $15,000 for any subsequent fine imposed in any rolling twelve (12) month calendar period.

Player Salary and Bonuses forfeited due to a fine will be calculated based on a Player’s Averaged Amount.

For fines of $5,000 or less the League shall, within seventy-two (72) hours of the completion of the game in which the incident took place, provide: (i) notice of the fine, (ii) an explanation of the fine, and (iii) written reports of on-ice officials and Officiating Managers (if any) to the fined Player, his Club and the NHLPA.

Fines in excess of $5,000 are subject to the telephonic hearing procedures afforded to Players subject to suspension of five (5) games or less.

Van Riemsdyk has not previously been fined or suspended by the NHL’s Department of Player Safety.