Players suspended or fined by the NHL’s Department of Player Safety or Hockey Operations during the 2020-21 season:


OffenderTeamDateGmsRulePenaltyLost SalaryDetails
Blais, SammySTL1/14/212Illegal Check to Head2:00$25,862.06Article
Fiala, KevinMIN1/28/213Boarding5+GM$77,586.21Article
Larsson, JohanARI2/12/212Illegal Check to Head2:00$24,137.94Article
Chiasson, AlexEDM3/1/211Cross-checking$18,534.48
Blichfeld, JoachimSJS3/3/212Illegal Check to Head$12,701.14
Wilson, TomWSH3/5/217Boarding$311,781.61
Fabbro, DanteNSH3/9/212Elbowing$15,948.28
Soucy, CarsonMIN3/16/211Charging5$23,706.90Article
Stephenson, ChandlerVGK3/31/213Elbowing$71,120.69
MacDonald, JacobCOL4/7/212Illegal Check to Head$12,500.00
McCarron, MichaelNSH4/10/212Illegal Check to Head$12,068.97
Edler, AlexanderVAN4/18/212Kneeing$103,448.28
Gostisbehere, ShaynePHI5/4/212Boarding$77,586.21
Buchnevich, PavelNYR5/5/211High-sticking$28,017.24
MacEwen, ZackVAN5/6/211Kneeing$7,112.07
Maroon, PatrickTBL5/8/211Unsportsmanlike$7,758.62
Bennett, SamFLA5/16/211BoardingN/A
Kadri, NazemCOL5/19/218Illegal Check to HeadN/A
Archibald, JoshEDM5/23/211ClippingN/A
Reaves, RyanVGK5/30/212Roughing/UnsportsmanlikeN/A
Scheifele, MarkWPG6/2/214ChargingN/A

* Preseason games


McCann, JaredPIT1/15/21$10,000.00Elbowing2:00Article
Pateryn, GregMIN1/18/21$5,000.00Cross-CheckingNoneArticle
Aube-Kubel, NicolasPHI1/18/21$4,633.62Roughing4:00Article
Pettersson, EliasVAN1/18/21$3,987.07Slashing2:00Article
Bjugstad, NickMIN1/31/21$5,000.00Cross-CheckingNoneArticle
Simek, RadimSJS2/6/21$5,000.00SpearingNoneArticle
Strand, AustinLAK2/20/21$3,168.10Cross-Checking2:00Article
Antoine RousselVAN2/23/21$5,000.00 Roughing
Nino NiederreiterCAR3/2/21$5,000.00 Interference
Alexander OvechkinWSH3/3/21$5,000.00 Spearing
Brett PesceCAR3/4/21$5,000.00 Dangerous trip
Kailer YamamotoEDM3/6/21$3,854.17 Dangerous trip
Kurtis GabrielSJS3/22/21$3,017.24 Pre-game altercation
Bob Boughner (coach)SJS3/22/21Pre-game altercation
Samuel MorinPHI3/25/21$3,017.24 Unsportsmanlike
Nick SchmaltzARI3/26/21$5,000.00 Boarding
Connor McDavidEDM3/30/21$5,000.00 Elbowing
Nathan MacKinnonCOL3/31/21$5,000.00 Unsportsmanlike
Zach HymanTOR4/15/21$5,000.00 High-sticking
Joe ThorntonTOR4/22/21$3,017.24 Interference
Mathew BarzalNYI4/22/21$2,000.00 Diving/Embellishment
Tom WilsonWSH5/3/21$5,000.00 Roughing
TeamNYR5/4/21$250,000.00 Public comments re: officiating
Mikko RantanenCOL4/30/21$2,000.00 Diving/EmbellishmentRESCINDED
Brandon MontourFLA5/8/21$5,000.00 Spearing
Joel EdmundsonMTL5/8/21$1,000.00 Dangerous trip
MacKenzie WeegarFLA5/8/21$5,000.00 High-sticking
Ryan HartmanMIN5/13/21$5,000.00 Dangerous trip
Jordan StaalCAR5/21/21$5,000.00 Dangerous trip
Anthony ManthaWSH5/21/21$5,000.00 Goaltender interference
Shea WeberMTL5/22/21$5,000.00 Cross-checking
Pat MaroonTBL5/24/21$3,879.31 Unsportsmanlike
Ryan McDonaghTBL5/24/21$5,000.00 Cross-checking
Jake DeBruskBOS5/31/21$5,000.00 Cross-checking
David KrejciBOS6/5/21$5,000.00 Slashing
Bruce Cassidy (coach)BOS6/7/21$25,000 Public comments re: officiating
Nick RitchieBOS6/7/21$5,000.00 Elbowing
Mathew BarzalNYI6/21/21$5,000.00 Cross-checking
Shea WeberRMTL6/28/21$5,000.00 Slashing

Suspensions do not include players suspended for off-ice violations, including violations of the NHL/NHLPA Performance Enhancing Substances Program.



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’ lost salary amounts 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: