Saturday, May 23, 2015

Hartnell fined $5,000 by NHL

Scott Hartnell will pay for his stick swinging incident on Sunday afternoon.

Hartnell fined $5,000 by NHL

Flyers winger Scott Hartnell. (Yong Kim/Staff Photographer)
Flyers winger Scott Hartnell. (Yong Kim/Staff Photographer)

Scott Hartnell will pay for his stick swinging incident on Sunday afternoon.

Luckily for him, the hit from the NHL’s Department of Player Safety will be on his wallet -  and not the Flyers’ lineup for Game 1 of their first round series in New York.

Hartnell was fined $5,000, and not suspended, by the NHL on Monday for spearing Hurricanes defenseman Brett Bellemore. He received a 5-minute major on the play and an automatic game misconduct.

The fine was handed down by new disciplinarian Stephane Quintal, who took over for Brendan Shanahan last week after he left to become president of the Toronto Maple Leafs. Hartnell faced a maximum fine of $10,000.

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“I was going to the net and I got a slash on my wrist,” Hartnell explained post-game. “I turned around and obviously stuck the guy and there was a little bit of a melee. Those things happen. It wasn’t the smartest thing to do, especially going into the playoffs.”

The money will go to the NHL’s player emergency assistance fund. Through this season, Hartnell has earned $38,357,500 in his career, according to CapGeek.com. He just finished the first year of a 6-year, $28.5 million deal.

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