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Department of Player Safety News

Oilers' Aulie faces Player Safety hearing Thursday

Thursday, 01.01.2015 / 3:10 PM / Department of Player Safety News

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Edmonton Oilers defenseman Keith Aulie will have a hearing Thursday for his hit on Calgary Flames forward Matt Stajan during a game at Scotiabank Saddledome on Wednesday night.

Aulie was assessed a match penalty and a game misconduct for the hit at 19:05 of the first period. Stajan left the game, but returned.

The following grounds are being considered for supplemental discipline: hit to the head. However, the Department of Player Safety retains the right to make adjustments to the infraction upon review.

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Canucks' Hansen fined for illegal check to the head

Wednesday, 12.31.2014 / 4:06 PM / Department of Player Safety News

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NEW YORK -- Vancouver Canucks forward Jannik Hansen has been fined $5,000, the maximum allowable under the Collective Bargaining Agreement, for an illegal check to the head of San Jose Sharks forward Tommy Wingels during NHL Game No. 544 in San Jose on Tuesday, Dec. 30, the National Hockey League's Department of Player Safety announced today.

The incident occurred at 0:59 of the second period. Hansen was assessed a minor penalty for illegal check to the head.

The money goes to the Players' Emergency Assistance Fund.

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Scott suspended four games for punching opponent

Wednesday, 12.24.2014 / 2:00 PM / Department of Player Safety News

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NEW YORKSan Jose Sharks forward John Scott has been suspended for four games, without pay, for punching an unsuspecting opponent and causing an injury (Rule 46.15) to Anaheim Ducks forward Tim Jackman during NHL Game No. 501 in Anaheim on Monday, Dec. 22, the National Hockey League's Department of Player Safety announced today.

The incident occurred at 8:18 of the second period.

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Sharks' Scott to have phone hearing Wednesday

Tuesday, 12.23.2014 / 8:13 PM / Department of Player Safety News

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San Jose Sharks forward John Scott will have a phone hearing Wednesday for punching Anaheim Ducks right wing Tim Jackman during a game at Honda Center on Monday.

Scott did not receive a penalty on the play, but will speak with the Department of Player Safety for punching an unsuspecting player.

The Ducks won the game in overtime, 3-2.

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Predators' Neal fined $2,000 for diving/embellishment

Wednesday, 12.17.2014 / 5:00 PM / Department of Player Safety News

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NEW YORKNashville Predators forward James Neal has been fined $2,000 as supplementary discipline under NHL Rule 64 (Diving/Embellishment), the National Hockey League announced today.

Revised for the 2014-15 season following offseason approval by the League's Board of Governors and the National Hockey League Players' Association, NHL Rule 64 is designed to bring attention to and more seriously penalize players (and teams) who repeatedly dive and embellish in an attempt to draw penalties.

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Garbutt suspended three games for slew-footing

Thursday, 12.11.2014 / 12:59 PM / Department of Player Safety News

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NEW YORKDallas Stars forward Ryan Garbutt has been suspended for three games, without pay, for slew-footing Winnipeg Jets defenseman Dustin Byfuglien during NHL Game No. 416 in Dallas on Tuesday, Dec. 9, the National Hockey League's Department of Player Safety announced today.

The incident occurred at 13:22 of the third period. Garbutt was assessed a minor penalty for tripping.

Garbutt is considered a repeat offender under the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement and, based on his average annual salary, will forfeit $65,853.66. The money goes to the Players' Emergency Assistance Fund.

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Wild's Scandella suspended two games

Wednesday, 12.10.2014 / 8:04 PM / Department of Player Safety News

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NEW YORK -- Minnesota Wild defenseman Marco Scandella has been suspended for two games, without pay, for an illegal check to the head of New York Islanders forward Brock Nelson during NHL Game No. 415 in St. Paul on Tuesday, December 9, the National Hockey League’s Department of Player Safety announced today.

The incident occurred at 17:32 of the third period. Scandella was assessed a minor penalty for illegal check to the head.

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Stars' Garbutt faces Player Safety hearing

Wednesday, 12.10.2014 / 10:54 AM / Department of Player Safety News

Dallas Stars forward Ryan Garbutt will have a hearing Thursday morning with the NHL Department of Player Safety for a slew-footing incident with the Winnipeg Jets' Dustin Byfuglien during a game Tuesday at American Airlines Arena.

Garbutt and Byfuglien were pursuing a puck in the Winnipeg end when Garbutt knocked down Byfuglien at 13:22 of the third period. Garbutt was assessed a minor penalty for tripping. Byfuglien remained in the game.

The Jets won the game 5-2.

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Wild's Scandella faces Player Safety hearing

Wednesday, 12.10.2014 / 10:45 AM / Department of Player Safety News

Minnesota Wild defenseman Marco Scandella will have a hearing Wednesday night with the NHL Department of Player Safety for an illegal check to the head of New York Islanders forward Brock Nelson during a game Tuesday at Xcel Energy Center.

Nelson was pursuing a puck in the Minnesota zone when Scandella hit Nelson at 17:32 of the third period. Scandella was assessed a minor penalty for an illegal check to the head. Nelson remained in the game.

The Wild won the game 5-4.

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Jets' Kane suspended two games for boarding

Monday, 12.08.2014 / 5:20 PM / Department of Player Safety News

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NEW YORK -- Winnipeg Jets forward Evander Kane has been suspended for two games, without pay, for boarding Anaheim Ducks defenseman Clayton Stoner during NHL Game No. 402 in Winnipeg on Sunday, December 7, the National Hockey League's Department of Player Safety announced today.

The incident occurred at 19:49 of the second period. Kane was assessed a major penalty for checking from behind and a game misconduct.

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