Players suspended or fined by the NHL’s Department of Player Safety or Hockey Operations during the 2019-20 season:


OffenderTeamDateGmsRulePenaltyLost SalaryDetails
Kane, EvanderSJS9/29/19340.4 Abuse of OfficialsGM Abuse of Officials$112,903.23Article
Lowry, AdamWPG10/26/19241 Boarding2:00$31,362.00Article

* Preseason games


Paquette, CedricTBL9/26/19$2,500.00High-sticking2:00Article
Ritchie, NickANA10/16/19$4,121.89Roughing2:00Article
Helm, DarrenDET10/17/19$5,000.00Slashing5:00+GMArticle

Suspensions do not include players suspended for off-ice violations, including violations of the NHL/NHLPA Performance Enhancing Substances Program (e.g. VGK Valentin Zykov’s 20-game ban) or unacceptable off-ice conduct (e.g. 3-game suspension for WSH Evgeny Kuznetsov).



Repeat Offenders

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: Hearing not required if less than $5,000; phone hearing if over $5,000.

Suspensions: Phone hearing required 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: