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by Paul on 11/23/05 at 04:58 PM ET
Phoenix Coyotes head coach Wayne Gretzky was not fined $10,000 US for Shane Doan's late-game instigator penalty Tuesday night, The Canadian Press has learned. Part of the new NHL rules call for an automatic $10,000 fine to the head coach and a one-game suspension to the player who gets an instigator fighting penalty in the last five minutes of a game, a rule the competition committee put in to discourage late-game brawls. But NHL disciplinarian Colin Campbell, who pushed for the new rule, also reserves the right to determine whether the rule applies on a case-by-case basis. The spirit of the rule was to get rid of coaches putting out their tough guys with a minute left in the game to settle a score. In this case, Doan is the captain and top player on the Coyotes, not a goon, so Campbell decided not to fine Gretzky and suspend Doan.
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