Players suspended or fined by the NHL’s Department of Player Safety or Hockey Operations during the 2019-20 season:
|Kane, Evander||SJS||9/29/19||3||Abuse of Officials||GM Abuse of Officials||$112,903.23||Article|
|Hathaway, Garnet||WSH||11/18/19||3||Unsportsmanlike (Spitting)||Match||$24,193.55|
|MacDermid, Kurtis||LAK||12/31/19||2||Illegal Check to Head||None||$7,258.06|
|Lauzon, Jeremy||BOS||2/8/20||2||Illegal Check to Head||Match||$8,037.63|
* Preseason games
|Tortorella, John||CBJ||12/29/19||$20,000.00||Comments toward officiating||--|
|Julien, Claude||MTL||2/15/20||$10,000.00||Comments toward officiating||--||Article|
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).
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: