Players suspended or fined by the NHL’s Department of Player Safety or Hockey Operations during the 2020-21 season:
|Blais, Sammy||STL||1/14/21||2||Illegal Check to Head||2:00||$25,862.06||Article|
|Larsson, Johan||ARI||2/12/21||2||Illegal Check to Head||2:00||$24,137.94||Article|
|Blichfeld, Joachim||SJS||3/3/21||2||Illegal Check to Head||$12,701.14|
* Preseason games
Suspensions do not include players suspended for off-ice violations, including violations of the NHL/NHLPA Performance Enhancing Substances Program.
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: