NHL ANNOUNCES DISCIPLINARY ACTION TO NEW YORK RANGERS
BYERS AUTOMATICALLY SUSPENDED AND COACH TORTORELLA FINED
TORONTO (November 4, 2009) — The National Hockey League announced today disciplinary action resulting from NHL game #201 between the New York Rangers and Vancouver Canucks, November 3.
New York Rangers forward Dane Byers has been suspended automatically for one game, while head coach John Tortorella has been fined $10,000. Byers was assessed an instigator penalty at 18:50 of the third period. He will miss Thursday’s game at Edmonton.
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 anytime in overtime, shall automatically be suspended for one game” … in addition, “the coach shall be fined $10,000 — a fine that will double for each subsequent incident.”
Under the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement, and based on his average annual salary, Byers will forfeit $2,590.67. The money goes to the Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund. The coach’s fine goes to the NHL Foundation.