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NHL Fines The San Jose Sharks $100K

NEW YORK (MAY 18, 2013) -- The San Jose Sharks have been fined $100,000 for public comments by General Manager Doug Wilson pertaining to the suspension of Sharks forward Raffi Torres, the National Hockey League announced today.

The fine was issued for violation of League Rules that prohibit formal team statements to the media during the 48-hour period following a disciplinary decision. The Rule calls for an automatic fine of $25,000. The Sharks were fined an additional $75,000 under Article 6 of the League's Constitution due to the inappropriate nature of the comments.

On January 17, 2013 a memorandum was issued to all Clubs regarding Disciplinary Procedures for the 2012-13 season. Following is the excerpt from the memorandum dealing with 'Prohibited Communications':

"... In addition to the foregoing, the League also has imposed a prohibition on Club employees and representatives communicating with the Department of Player Safety (or with the Commissioner in the case of an appeal of a decision) in order to attempt to influence its (or his) determination regarding whether or not to impose Supplemental Discipline. Specifically, such communications are prohibited beginning with warm-up preceding a game, and continuing until forty-eight (48) hours after the later of: (i) the conclusion of such game, or (ii) in the event the Department of Player Safety holds a hearing, within forty-eight (48) hours following a disciplinary decision. In the event of an appeal to the Commissioner, Club employees and representatives are also prohibited from discussing the merits of the Supplemental Discipline determination that is the subject of the appeal with the Commissioner or the Department of Player Safety until forty eight (48) hours after the Commissioner's decision. The foregoing prohibition extends to include formal team statements to the media and press releases issued during such period..."

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Zqto's avatar

Wow….  From what I read about it, Wilson didnt say anything over the top, at all

Posted by Zqto on 05/18/13 at 07:08 PM ET

Dakkster's avatar


The high level censorship by the NHL is downright embarrassing.

Posted by Dakkster from Southern Sweden on 05/18/13 at 09:04 PM ET


A fine like that should tell us all one thing…

Murray embarrassed Shanahan.

Posted by Siggy on 05/18/13 at 09:18 PM ET

bezukov's avatar

That’s a hilarious amount of money to waste over Raffi Torres.

Posted by bezukov from the kids are alright. on 05/19/13 at 12:01 AM ET

genodog's avatar

My understanding of this memo is that Murray should have waited to comment 48 hrs. after the decision to suspend Torres and no fine would have been issued.

What really seems to be going on here is that the league baited the Sharks, no pun intended, and Murray took the bait.

The teams seem to have accepted this “exculpatory” ruling as a league policy. Again it is my understanding of league rules that any changes in the rules must be passed by the board of governors before being accepted as a rule change and then being voted on by the entire ownership.

If this is not the case the Sharks would have every right to tell Gary and Shanny to kiss their ass.

In any event this does not reduce the fact that the disciplinary system is , at best an arbitrary one, based more on innuendo and biased interpretation of the rules in a glaringly tilted discretionary fashion.

Posted by genodog on 05/19/13 at 03:19 AM ET

redxblack's avatar

That fine will keep the lights on in Phoenix an extra couple of days.

Posted by redxblack from Akron Ohio on 05/20/13 at 02:01 PM ET

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