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NHL Announces Disciplinary Action From Atlanta-Washington Game

by Staff Writer / Washington Capitals
TORONTO (Nov. 23, 2006) – The National Hockey League announced today

 disciplinary action resulting from NHL game #310 between the Atlanta
 Thrashers and Washington Capitals, November 22.

      Washington Capitals forwards Donald Brashear and Brian Sutherby and
 Thrashers' forward Scott Mellanby, have each been suspended automatically
 for one game, while Washington head coach Glen Hanlon has been fined
 $30,000 and Atlanta head coach Bob Hartley fined $10,000.

      The disciplinary action is pursuant to NHL Rule 47.22, which states
 "a player who is deemed to be the instigator of an altercation in the
 final five minutes of regulation time or at any time in overtime, shall
 automatically be suspended for one game ... in addition, the player's
 coach shall be fined $10,000 – a fine that will double for each subsequent
 incident."

      Brashear was also suspended for an additional two games under Rule 29
 – Supplementary Discipline.  He will be eligible to return Nov. 30 against
 Dallas.

      The players’ suspension money goes to the Players’ Emergency
 Assistance Fund while the coaches fines go to the NHL Foundation.
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