Players suspended or fined by the NHL’s Department of Player Safety or Hockey Operations during the 2018-19 season:
|Domi, Max||MTL||9/19/18||5*||51 - Roughing||Match||None||Video|
|Bortuzzo, Robert||STL||9/25/18||2*/1||45 - Elbowing||None||$6,182.80||Video|
|48 - Illegal Check to the Head||Match|
|Matheson, Mike||FLA||10/3/18||2||Unsportsmanlike Conduct / Interference||None||$52,419.35||Article|
|Borowiecki, Mark||OTT||10/23/18||1||45 - Elbowing||None||$6,451.61||Article|
|Borowiecki, Mark||OTT||10/26/18||3||48 - Illegal Check to the Head||Major + GM (Charging)||$43,902.45||Article|
|Lemieux, Brendan||WPG||11/2/18||2||48 - Illegal Check to the Head||Match||$9,023.30||Article|
|Archibald, Josh||ARI||11/15/18||2||48 - Illegal Check to the Head||Minor||$7,258.06||Article|
|Bertuzzi, Tyler||DET||12/2/18||2||51 - Roughing||$15,053.76|
|Lomberg, Ryan||CGY||12/6/18||2||Instigating/Final 5||$7,634.41||Article|
|Karlsson, Erik||SJS||12/22/18||2||48 - Illegal Check to the Head||$69,892.47|
|Backes, David||BOS||12/27/18||3||48 - Illegal Check to the Head||$219,512.20|
* Preseason games
|Clifford, Kyle||LAK||10/25/18||$4,301.08||Kneeing||2:00 Tripping||Article|
|Lucic, Milan||EDM||11/6/18||$10,000.00||Roughing||2:00 Roughing, 2:00 Interference||Article|
|Morrissey, Josh||WPG||11/14/18||$8,467.74||Unsportsmanlike Conduct||None||Article|
|Cullen, Matt||PIT||11/15/18||$1,000.00||Tripping||2:00 Tripping||Article|
|Rantanen, Mikko||COL||11/21/18||$2,000.00||Diving/Embellishment||2:00 Diving/Emb||Article|
|Roussel, Antoine||VAN||11/23/18||$5,000.00||Biting||2:00 Roughing||Article|
|Peters, Bill||CGY||12/6/18||$10,000||Instigator/Final 5 (fro Lomberg)|
|Byfuglien, Dustin||WPG||12/27/18||$2,500.00||Slashing||2:00 Slashing||Article|
|Kucherov, Nikita||TBL||2/1/19||$5,000||Tripping||2:00 Tripping||Article|
|Smith, Zack||OTT||2/1/19||$5,000||Elbowing||2:00 Elbowing||Article|
|Van Riemsdyk, James||PHI||2/7/19||$5,000||High-Sticking||No penalty||Article|
Suspensions do not include players suspended for off-ice violations, including violations of the NHL/NHLPA Performance Enhancing Substances Program (e.g. Nate Schmidt) or unacceptable off-ice conduct (e.g. Austin Watson).
A repeat offender is one who has been suspended for a second offense within 18 months of the previous offense. Repeat offender status only applies to the way fines and salary forfeiture is calculated. All disciplinary history is considered when determining a player’s suspension. Repeat offenders’ fines are calculated based on the number of games in a season: [(salary/82)*suspension length]. Others are calculated based on the days in a season: [(salary/195)*suspension length].
Fines: Not required if less than $5,000; phone hearing if over $5,000.
Suspensions: Phone if up to five games; suspensions of six games or more require an in-person hearing be offered. If a player waives his right to an in-person hearing, he may still receive a suspension of six games or more via phone hearing.
Fines and Salary Forfeitures
Fines can be up to 50% of a player’s daily salary (salary/195). Fines may not exceed $10,000 for a first offense and $15,000 for a second offense within a 12-month period.
Evolution of a Suspension
A look inside the NHL Department of Player Safety’s process: