"TORONTO (March 5, 2003) -- The National Hockey League announced today that Toronto Maple Leafs forward Darcy Tucker has been suspended for five games, without pay, and forward Tie Domi has been suspended for three games, without pay, as a result of separate incidents in NHL Game #981 against the Ottawa Senators, March 4.
While on the ice, Tucker became involved in a confrontation with Ottawa Senators forward Chris Neil, who was on the players' bench at the time. It was made clear at the hearing that Tucker did not charge the players' bench as a result of being spit at by Neil. Tucker was assessed a major penalty for fighting and two game misconduct penalties at 7:30 of the third period.
"The League has previously issued a clear directive in this regard", said NHL Executive Vice President and Director of Hockey Operations Colin Campbell. "The message should be clear: any interaction by players on the ice and on the bench is not acceptable and will be subject to discipline."
At 18:37 of the third period, Domi was assessed a major penalty for fighting and game misconduct for delivering a punch to the face of Ottawa player Magnus Arvedson.
"Time and score of the game were among the factors considered when determining the length of the suspension", said Campbell.
Tucker will miss Toronto's next five games: March 6 at Buffalo; March 8 vs. Vancouver; March 10 at Edmonton; March 13 at Calgary and March 15 at Vancouver. Domi will miss games against Buffalo, Vancouver (March 8) and Edmonton.
The players forfeit their salary over the suspensions and that money goes to the Players' Emergency Assistance Fund.
Ottawa Senators players', Chris Neil and Karel Rachunek have each been fined $1,000, the maximum allowed under the Collective Bargaining Agreement, for their involvement in an altercation from the players' bench in NHL Game #981 against the Toronto Maple Leafs on March 4, the National Hockey League announced today.
Fine money goes to the Players' Emergency Assistance Fund.
The NHL also announced Ottawa Senators' players, Chris Neil and Karel Rachunek have each been fined $1,000, the maximum allowed under the Collective Bargaining Agreement, for their involvement in an altercation from the players' bench in Tuesday's game vs. Toronto.