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Andri Denyskin Suspended 13 Games

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TeamDub's avatar

What a joke.

Should’ve been a lifetime ban.

Posted by TeamDub from The gratch. on 09/29/21 at 07:46 AM ET

Paul's avatar

If he pays the fine, then the 10 games are waived.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 09/29/21 at 07:51 AM ET


Yea the part about being able to buy his way out of 10 of the 13 games was sort of missed here. It essentially is a 3 game suspension and a $2000 fine.

Posted by beantownredwings on 09/29/21 at 07:56 AM ET

awould's avatar

Fighting in hockey is always defended as a necessary tool to defend your teammates and put accountability on bad actors during games. I imagine this guy is in for a few fights, and probably some dirty hits. Will be interesting to see if his teammates are eager to defend him.

Posted by awould on 09/29/21 at 09:41 AM ET


The tweet is from the IIHF but it says the suspension is from the IHF of Ukraine.  So maybe the IIHF will be coming with a bigger punishment?
My expectations were low but…damn.

Posted by Them Bones on 09/29/21 at 10:51 AM ET

Paul's avatar

You are correct TB, the IIHF will have their own ruling.

By the way, the fine in US is $1870, he pays that, he can play after 3 games.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 09/29/21 at 10:53 AM ET

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from Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet,

There are three things that must be done here.

First, the IIHF has to send a message that individual federations will face consequences if they cannot adequately police these incidents. Yes, the player needs a harsh ban, but if the country itself is unwilling to do so, shouldn’t punishments include hurdles to Olympic/World Championship qualifying and/or withholding funding the UHL would normally get from the IIHF?

Those would be major consequences. Sometimes, sadly, you have to hit people to the pocketbook to make them feel remorse.

Second, the IIHF has to make sure Smereck is being paid while he’s taking a completely understandable leave of absence. This incident is not in any way his fault, and he should not lose a cent while dealing with his emotions. I’d argue that Smereck should be paid every cent he was to earn this season, even if he doesn’t play another second in Ukraine.

Third, it is incumbent on the IIHF — and really, the entire hockey community — to ensure Smereck is found another opportunity to resume his career. He’s 24, has dedicated himself to the sport, and should be rewarded for that. If he decides he does not want to stay in his current situation, surely there is another team in another country that can use his talents.

read on

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 09/29/21 at 10:55 AM ET

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Gord Miller tweet,

According to the Federation official, Deniskin can NOT pay the fine instead of serving the 10 games.  An official with the Ukrainian Hockey League apparently tweeted out incorrect information earlier today, using the word “or” instead of “and” when referring to the fine.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 09/29/21 at 02:54 PM ET

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