WILL BE ELIGIBLE TO RETURN ON MARCH 23
NEW YORK (Feb. 13, 2002) – The National Hockey League announced today that Carolina Hurricanes' forward Craig Adams has been automatically suspended for 10 games, without pay, as a result of a Game Misconduct for leaving the players' bench during an altercation against the San Jose Sharks on Feb. 10. The Hurricanes were also fined $10,000.
Adams was assessed a Game Misconduct under Rule 72 which states that "no player may leave the players' or penalty bench at any time during an altercation or for the purpose of starting an altercation". Under Rule 72, Adams is automatically suspended for Carolina's next 10 games, beginning Feb. 26 at Toronto.
Under the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement, and based on his average annual salary, Adams will forfeit $15,850.50. The money goes to the Players' Emergency Assistance Fund.
Adams will be eligible to return to the Hurricanes’ lineup on March 23 at New Jersey. He has played 27 games for Carolina this season without registering a point. A ninth-round draft pick in 1996 from Harvard University, Adams scored one point (1g, 0a) in 44 regular season games with the Hurricanes last year, his first in the NHL.