Players suspended or fined by the NHL’s Department of Player Safety or Hockey Operations during the 2017-18 season:


OffenderTeamDateGmsRulePenaltyLost SalaryDetails
Wilson, TomWSH9/22/172*56 - InterferenceNoneN/A PreseasonArticle
Desjardins, AndrewNYR9/23/172*48 - Illegal Check to HeadMatchN/A Preseason
Wilson, TomWSH10/1/17441 - Boarding5+GM$97,560.96
Gudbranson, ErikVAN10/19/17141 - Boarding5+GM$18,817.20
Witkowski, Luke DET11/15/1710^70 - Leaving The BenchGM$40,322.58 Article
Tkachuk, Matthew CGY11/15/17175 - Unsportsmanlike5+GM$11,280.49
Gudas, Radko PHI11/16/171061 - Slashing5+GM$408,536.59
Watson, Austin NSH11/18/17241 - Boarding5+GM$11,827.96
Landeskog, Gabriel COL11/25/17459 - Cross-Checking2:00$119,815.68
Paquette, CedricTBL11/29/17141 - Boarding2:00$4,368.28
Dillon, Brenden SJS12/4/17161 - Slashing5+GM$17,580.65
Tkachuk, Matthew CGY12/6/17175 - UnsportsmanlikeNone$11,280.49
Johnson, ErikCOL12/16/17241 - Boarding5+GM$64,516.12
Rinaldo, ZacARI12/23/17646.15 - Punching Unsuspecting VictimMatch$22,580.64
Claesson, Fredrik OTT12/27/17248 - Illegal Check to HeadMatch$6,989.24Article
Maroon, PatrickEDM1/2/18256 - InterferenceMatch$21,505.38Article
Cogliano, AndrewANA1/13/18256 - Interference$32,258.06
Marchand, BradBOS1/23/18545 - Elbowing$373,475.60
Larsson, JohanBUF2/2/18259 - Cross-CheckingMatch$15,860.22Article
Forsberg, FilipNSH2/3/18356 - Interference$96,774.19
Burrows, AlexOTT2/6/181046 - Aggressor/ Altercation$134,408.60
Brown, DustinLAK2/10/18150 - Kneeing$31,586.02
Wood, MilesNJD2/17/18241 - Boarding$9,946.24
Backes, DavidBOS3/6/18356 - Interference2:00$96,774.18Article

* Preseason games
^ Automatic 10-game suspension


Bortuzzo, RobertSTL10/09/17$3,091.4059 - Cross-checking
Sobotka, VladimirSTL10/18/17$5,000.060 - High-sticking
Hartman, RyanCHI10/24/17$2,320.7961 - Slashing
Hayes, KevinNYR11/02/17$5,000.0075 - Unsportsmanlike
Killorn, AlexTBL11/02/17$5,000.0075 - Unsportsmanlike
Stamkos, StevenTBL11/02/17$5,000.0075 - Unsportsmanlike
Meier, TimoSJS11/11/17$2,403.6751 - Roughing
Scandella, MarcoBUF11/14/17$5,000.0061 - Slashing
Hayden, JohnCHI11/22/17$2,486.5660 - High-sticking
Chiarot, BenWPG11/24/17$3,763.4458 - Butt-ending
Dumba, MathewMIN11/27/17$5,000.0075 - Unsportsmanlike
Kane, PatrickCHI11/27/17$5,000.0061 - Slashing
Thornton, JoeSJS12/02/17$5,000.0061 - Slashing
Burrows, AlexOTT12/09/17$5,000.0051 - Roughing
Abdelkader, JustinDET12/19/17$5,000.0062 - Spearing
Andersen, FrederikTOR12/31/17$2,000.0064 - Diving/EmbellishmentArticle
Savard, DavidCBJ1/7/18$5,000.0061 - Slashing
Malkin, EvgeniPIT1/18/18$5,000.0062 - SpearingNoneArticle
Brown, DustinLAK1/18/18$10,000.0059 - Cross-checkingMajor + GMArticle
Hall, TaylorNJD1/30/18Boarding
Engelland, DerykVGK2/13/1859 - Cross-checkingMinorArticle
Bowey, MadisonWSH2/13/18InterferenceMinorArticle
Byfuglien, DustinWPG2/13/1861 - SlashingMinorArticle

Suspensions do not include players suspended for off-ice violations, including violations of the NHL/NHLPA Performance Enhancing Substances Program (e.g., Zack Kassian). Fines do not include team fines (e.g., Kings’ fine for allowing Voynov to practice, Flyers’ fine for traveling on a restricted day).

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’ 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: Not required if less than $5,000; phone hearing if over $5,000. Suspensions: Phone 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: