First a suspension, now a fine. It’s a busy start to the 2023-24 season for the NHL’s Department of Player Safety.

Los Angeles Kings forward Phillip Danault has been fined $5000 for slashing Colorado Avalanche center Ross Colton. 

The illegal stickwork came 4:20 into the second period of Wednesday night’s game in Los Angeles.  After winning a faceoff the the Avs’ zone, Colton stepped into Danault, interfering with him along the boards. No call on the interference.

Danault responded with a two-handed slash to Colton’s wrist. No call on the retaliatory slash.

Player Safety stepped in after reviewing the tape, and has made their call, handing Danault a $5000 fine.

Danault’s fine is the maximum allowable under the NHL/NHLPA Collective Bargaining Agreement without a formal hearing. 

The Kings’ forward has been fined before, picking up a $5ooo fine for a dangerous trip on Florida’s Aaron Ekblad.  He’s also had some dangerous plays avoid supplemental discipline, including a spear to the throat of Ottawa’s Tim Stutzle last season.


Referees for the game were Wes McCauley (#4) and Steve Kozari (#40), with linespersons Brandon Gawryletz (#64) and Kiel Murchison (#79).