Players suspended or fined by the NHL’s Department of Player Safety or Hockey Operations during the 2023-24 season:
|Kaliyev, Arthur||LAK||10/3/23||4 (2*+2)||Kneeing||2:00||$9,314.24||Article|
|Howden, Brett||VGK||10/10/23||2||Ill. Check to Head||Match||$19,761.67||Article|
|Clifton, Connor||BUF||10/27/23||2||Ill. Check to Head||Match||$34,722.22||Article|
|McAvoy, Charlie||BOS||10/30/23||4||Ill. Check to Head||Match||$197,916.68||Article|
* Preseason games
|Draisaitl, Leon||EDM||11/13/23||$5,000.00||Dangerous Trip||2:00||Article|
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. (This is often why Player Safety lists the ‘maximum fine’ as $5,000 — they can go higher, but not without a formal hearing.)
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.