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

* 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

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: