2015-16 NHL Suspension and Fine Tracker

Caps d-man Brooks Orpik accepts his 3-game ban for the hit on his friend Olli Maata, says there was no intention, and he hopes similar hits across the league receive similar punishment.

The NHL’s department of player safety set the tone for 2015-16 in pre-season when it handed repeat headshot offender Raffi Torres a massive 41-game suspension.

The flip of the calendar brought a trio of big bans outside of the safety department’s realm.

Arizona’s Jarred Tinordi and Anaheim’s Shawn Horcoff were both banned 20 games for taking a performance-enhancing substance, and Calgary’s Dennis Wideman was suspended 10 games (reduced from 20) for cross-checking an official.

Combined, the 65 offending NHLers have forfeited more than $2.7 million due to reckless plays and off-ice decisions. Thirteen fines have been handed out for diving, more than the 10 dished out in 2014-15. And four players have been forced to miss playoff action.

Keep it here for an ongoing rundown of player safety's 2015-16 supplementary discipline.


NHL's Supplementary Discipline
Total suspensions: 39
Total fines: 26
Total man-games lost: 176
Total player salary lost: $2,747,105.27


Kris Letang
Date: May 3
Number of games: 1 (playoffs)
Infraction: Interference on Washington's Marcus Johansson
Penalized on the play? Yes, a minor for interference
That's what he said: "It's a body check." — Penguins coach Mike Sullivan
Full story: Penguins star Kris Letang suspended for Game 4

Brooks Orpik
Date: May 1
Number of games: 3 (playoffs)
Infraction: Interference on Pittsburgh's Olli Maatta
Penalized on the play? Yes, a minor for interference
That's what he said: "I’m disappointed, but I’m not surprised based on who we’re playing and all that.” — Capitals coach Barry Trotz
Full story: Orpik suspended 3 games for hit on Penguins’ Maatta

Brayden Schenn
Date: April 26
Number of games: 3 (to be served in 2016-17)
Infraction: Charging Washington's T.J. Oshie
Penalized on the play? No
That's what he said: "I would have been fine whether they talked to him or not." — T.J. Oshie
Full story: Flyers’ Schenn suspended 3 games for hit on Oshie

Andrew Shaw
Date: April 20
Number of games: 1 (playoffs)
Infraction: Making use of a homophobic slur
Penalized on the play? No
That's what he said: "That’s not the type of guy I am.” — Shaw
Full story: Andrew Shaw suspended 1 game for homophobic slur

Pierre-Edouard Bellemare
Date: April 19
Number of games: 1 (playoffs)
Infraction: Illegal check from behind to Washington's Dmitry Orlov
Penalized on the play? Yes, a major penalty for checking from behind and a game misconduct
That's what he said: "This was as close as I have seen to somebody possibly breaking his neck.” — Jeremy Roenick
Full story: Bellemare suspended one game fro Orlov hit

Nazem Kadri
Date: April 4
Number of games: 4
Infraction: Cross-checking Detroit's Luke Glendening
Penalized on the play? Yes, a minor penalty for cross-checking
That's what he said: "My cross-check kind of rode up on his shoulder a little bit and, yeah, that's a penalty for sure." — Kadri
Full story: NHL suspends Kadri for rest of season

Duncan Keith
Date: April 1
Number of games: 6
Infraction: High-sticking Minnesota's Charlie Coyle
Penalized on the play? Yes, a match penalty for high-sticking
That's what he said: "I’m a competitive person, but I don’t think that’s something that I can’t stop." — Keith
Full story: NHL suspends Keith six games

Jake Virtanen
Date: March 30
Number of games: 2
Infraction: Interference against San Jose's Roman Polak
Penalized on the play? Yes, a major penalty for interference and a game misconduct
That's what he said: "It was shoulder to shoulder. It's tough, I didn't mean to hurt him." — Virtanen
Full story: Canucks’ Virtanen suspended for Polak hit

Jared Boll
Date: March 24
Number of games: 4
Infraction: Interference against Philadelphia's Pierre-Edouard Bellemare
Penalized on the play? Yes, a major penalty for interference and a game misconduct
That's what he said: "This league here, these are good hits and it’s gotten so conservative as far as the body checking in our game." —John Tortorella, Blue Jackets coach
Full story: Blue Jackets’ Boll suspended four games

Chris VandeVelde
Date: March 18
Number of games: 2
Infraction: Elbowing Jonathan Toews
Penalized on the play? Yes, a minor penalty for elbowing
That's what he said: "[Toews] was the first to say I’m an honest player." — VandeVelde
Full story: ‘Honest’ VandeVelde suspended for elbowing Jonathan Toews

Dalton Prout
Date: March 15
Number of games: 1
Infraction: Punching unsuspecting opponent Nikita Kucherov
Penalized on the play? Yes, a minor penalty for roughing and a game misconduct
That's what he said: "The league did a good job. I'm going to serve my punishment. It's fair." — Prout
Full story: Dalton Prout suspended for punching Nikita Kucherov

Gabriel Landeskog
Date: March 10
Number of games: 3
Infraction: Cross-checking Anaheim's Simon Despres
Penalized on the play? No
That's what he said: "It was just a really, really, really dumb play on my part." — Landeskog
Full story: Avalanche captain Landeskog suspended three games

Darnell Nurse
Date: March 10
Number of games: 3
Infraction: Playing the aggressor in a fight
Penalized on the play? Yes, a minor penalty for instigating and a major penalty for fighting
That's what he said: "I like to go out and stick up for my teammates. It was probably a little overboard." — Nurse
Full story: Suspended Nurse explains 'overboard' attack on Polak

Jarred Tinordi
Date: March 9
Number of games: 20
Infraction: Violating terms of the Performance Enhancing Substances Program
That's what he said: "I did not knowingly take a banned substance." — Tinordi
Full story: Jarred Tinordi responds to 20-game NHL suspension

Max Domi
Date: March 4
Number of games: 1 (automatic)
Infraction: Instigating a fight during the final five minutes of play
Penalized on the play? Yes, a minor penalty for instigating, a major penalty for fighting and a game misconduct
That's what he said: "When they go after our best player, that's just how hockey works." — Domi
Full story: Domi suspended for instigating fight

Zac Rinaldo
Date: March 1
Number of games: 5
Infraction: Illegal check to the head of Tampa Bay's Cedric Paquette
Penalized on the play? Yes, a minor penalty for illegal check to the head
That's what he said: "He's put himself in questionable situations." — Bruins GM Don Sweeney on Rinaldo
Full story: Rinaldo suspended five games for illegal check to head

Ryan Reaves
Date: Feb. 24
Number of games: 3
Infraction: Boarding San Jose's Matt Tennyson
Penalized on the play? Yes, a boarding major and a game misconduct
That's what he said: "We respect the decision of the NHL on this matter." — Doug Armstrong, Blues GM
Full story: Blues’ Reaves suspended 3 games for boarding

Leo Komarov
Date: Feb. 19
Number of games: 3
Infraction: Illegal check to the head of New York's Ryan McDonagh
Penalized on the play? Yes, a game misconduct
That's what he said: "My game is physical, and things like this happen. It’s hockey." — Komarov
Full story: Maple Leafs’ Komarov suspended for McDonagh head shot

Drew Stafford
Date: Feb. 8
Number of games: 1
Infraction: High sticking Colorado's Nick Holden
Penalized on the play? Yes, a double minor
That's what he said: "I know he wasn't trying to hit me in the face, but you can see he was trying to hit me in the body or something. Yeah, it was a wild swing." — Holden
Full story: Jets' Stafford suspended for high-sticking

Dennis Wideman
Date: Feb. 3
Number of games: 10 (reduced from 20, but he served 19)
Infraction: Physical abuse of an official
Penalized on the play? No
That's what he said: "I didn’t know where to go or how to get out of the way of him." — Wideman
Full story: NHL suspends Dennis Wideman for 20 games

Jonathan Toews
Date: Jan. 31
Number of games: 1
Infraction: Skipping the All-Star Game
That's what he said: "It’s disappointing... I’m not sure the rules of it or why that happens.” — Patrick Kane

Alex Ovechkin
Date: Jan. 24
Number of games: 1
Infraction: Skipping the All-Star Game
That's what he said: "If we want to get to where we want to get to, we can’t do it without Alex Ovechkin being 100 per cent.” — Barry Trotz
Full story: Predators’ Neal, Capitals’ Kuznetsov added to All-Star roster

Shawn Horcoff
Date: Jan. 26
Number of games: 20
Infraction: Violating terms of the Performance Enhancing Substances Program
That's what he said: "I regret the impact that this may have on my team and our fans." — Horcoff
Full story: Ducks’ Horcoff suspended 20 games by NHL: ‘I am sorry’

Milan Lucic
Date: Jan. 24
Number of games: 1
Infraction: Sucker-punching Arizona's Kevin Connauton
Penalized on the play? Yes, a minor for roughing and a game misconduct
That's what he said: "I think this is the fourth time [referee Brad Meier] kicked me out of a game. It's always the same thing with him." — Lucic
Full story: Milan Lucic suspended for punching Connauton

Bobby Farnham
Date: Jan. 13
Number of games: 4
Infraction: Interference against St. Louis's Dmitrij Jaskin
Penalized on the play? Yes, an interference minor
That's what he said: “It was a dirty hit on Jaskin." — Ryan Reaves, Blues forward
Full story: Farnham suspended four games for hit on Blues' Jaskin

Matt Hendricks
Date: Jan. 12
Number of games: 3
Infraction: Boarding Florida's Aaron Ekblad
Penalized on the play? No
That's what he said: “I don’t hit dirty.” — Hendricks
Full story: Oilers’ Hendricks suspended for boarding Ekblad

Marcus Johansson
Date: Jan. 8
Number of games: 2
Infraction: Illegal check to the head on Islanders' Thomas Hickey
Penalized on the play? Yes, minor for illegal check to the head
That's what he said: “I didn’t think there was anything vicious." — Barry Trotz, Capitals coach
Full story: Capitals' Marcus Johansson suspended two games for head shot

Zach Sill
Date: Jan. 6
Number of games: 2
Infraction: Boarding Boston's Adam McQuaid
Penalized on the play? No
That's what he said: “When I saw the replay, that's just a hockey play." — Barry Trotz, Capitals coach
Full story: Sill suspended for hit on Bruins’ Adam McQuaid

Brad Marchand
Date: Dec. 30
Number of games: 3
Infraction: Clipping Ottawa's Mark Borowiecki
Penalized on the play? No
That's what he said: “I don't even want to give the guy the time of day." — Borowiecki
Full story: Brad Marchand suspended, will miss Winter Classic

Max Talbot
Date: Dec. 21
Number of games: 2
Infraction: Interference with New Jersey's Jiri Tlusty
Penalized on the play? No
That's what he said: “I didn’t really see it coming. I don’t know if it was clean or not. I don’t think it was.” — Tlusty
Full story: Max Talbot suspended for hit on Tlusty

Nate Thompson
Date: Dec. 14
Number of games: 3
Infraction: Illegal check to the head of Carolina's Justin Faulk
Penalized on the play? Yes, an elbowing major and a game misconduct
That's what he said: “I wasn’t trying to hit his head. I’ve played with Faulker in the world championships with the U.S. He’s a great guy.” — Thompson
Full story: Ducks’ Thompson suspended: ‘I’m not a dirty player’

Radko Gudas
Date: Dec. 2
Number of games: 3
Infraction: Illegal check to the head of Ottawa's Mika Zibanejad
Penalized on the play? No
That's what he said: “I don’t necessarily agree with the league’s decision but I accept and respect it.” — Gudas
Full story: Gudas suspended for hit on Zibanejad

Brandon Dubinsky
Date: Nov. 28
Number of games: 1
Infraction: Cross-checking Sidney Crosby in the head
Penalized on the play? Yes. A cross-checking minor.
That's what he said: “I’m not surprised. If I was going to get one of those shots, it would probably be from him.” — Crosby
Full story: Dubinsky suspended for cross-check on Crosby

Gabriel Landeskog
Date: Nov. 13
Number of games: 2
Infraction: Illegal check to the head of Brad Marchand
Penalized on the play? Yes. A match penalty.
That's what he said: "I’m sure he didn’t mean it. I don’t think he’s a dirty player. It’s hockey." — Marchand
Full story: Landeskog suspended, Marchand fined after altercation

Mark Stone
Date: Nov. 2
Number of games: 2
Infraction: Illegal check to the head of Landon Ferraro
Penalized on the play? Yes. A two-minute minor.
That's what he said: "He has no history of illegal hits and we feel he was in pursuit of the puck and fighting for his ice when the contact occurred." — Ottawa GM Bryan Murray
Full story: Senators’ Mark Stone suspended two games

Jason Demers
Date: Oct. 23
Number of games: 2
Infraction: Elbowing Nick Bonino
Penalized on the play? Yes. Five minutes and a game misconduct
That's what he said: “I hope he’s all right. I wasn’t intending to hit him in the head or anything like that.” — Demers
Full story: Stars’ Demers suspended for elbowing Nick Bonino

Tyson Barrie
Date: Oct. 17
Number of games: 3
Infraction: Charging Simon Despres
Penalized on the play? No
Full story: Tyson Barrie suspended three games for hit on Simon Despres

Nikita Nesterov
Date: Oct. 16
Number of games: 2
Infraction: Hitting Curtis McKenzie from behind
Penalized on the play? Yes. Five minutes and a match penalty.
That's what he said: “[McKenzie] is in excruciating pain... We couldn’t even get him off the table to get him out of here." -- Lindy Ruff
Full story: Nesterov suspended two games for bad hit

Raffi Torres
Date: Oct. 5
Number of games: 41
Infraction: Hit to the head of Jakub Silfverberg
Penalized on the play? Yes. Match penalty.
That's what he said: “I played with the guy [in Vancouver]. He needs to learn how to hit. That has no part in our game anymore.” -- Ryan Kesler
Full story: Sharks’ Torres suspended 41 games for hit on Silfverberg

Only Worth a Fine

Tom Wilson
Date: April 29
The damage: $2,403.67
Infraction: Kneeing Pittsburgh's Conor Sheary

Andrew Shaw
Date: April 20
The damage: $5,000
Infraction: Directing an inappropriate gesture at the on-ice officials

Nazem Kadri
Date: April 1
The damage: $3,000
Infraction: Diving/embellishment

Nazem Kadri
Date: April 1
The damage: $2,000
Infraction: Diving/embellishment

Martin Hanzal
Date: April 1
The damage: $2,000
Infraction: Diving/embellishment

Nail Yakupov
Date: April 1
The damage: $2,000
Infraction: Diving/embellishment

Jason Chimera
Date: March 31
The damage: $5,000
Infraction: Butt-ending

Josh Manson
Date: March 25
The damage: $2,486.56
Infraction: Inappropriate gesture toward Nazem Kadri

Tuomo Ruutu
Date: March 9
The damage: $5,000
Infraction: Slew-footing

Joseph Blandisi
Date: March 3
The damage: $2,000
Infraction: Diving/embellishment

Devante Smith-Pelly
Date: March 3
The damage: $2,000
Infraction: Diving/embellishment

Nazem Kadri
Date: Feb. 11
The damage: $5,000
Infraction: Inappropriate gesture toward Mark Giordano

Alex Burmistrov
Date: Feb. 4
The damage: $2,000
Infraction: Diving/embellishment

Jordin Tootoo
Date: Jan. 14
The damage: $2,000
Infraction: Diving/embellishment

Tyler Myers
Date: Jan. 13
The damage: $5,000
Infraction: Cross-checking

Bobby Farnham
Date: Jan. 7
The damage: $2,000
Infraction: Diving/embellishment

Nikolaj Ehlers
Date: Jan. 7
The damage: $2,000
Infraction: Diving/embellishment

Jannik Hansen
Date: Dec. 31
The damage: $2,000
Infraction: Diving/embellishment

Zack Smith
Date: Dec. 17
The damage: $2,000
Infraction: Diving/embellishment

Brandon Prust
Date: Dec. 6
The damage: $5,000
Infraction: Spearing

Brad Marchand
Date: Nov. 13
The damage: $5,000
Infraction: Roughing

Teemu Pulkkinen
Date: Nov. 13
The damage: $2,000
Infraction: Diving/embellishment

Ryan Reaves
Date: Nov. 4
The damage: $3,024.19
Infraction: Roughing Los Angeles's Anze Kopitar

Alexander Burmistrov
Date: Oct. 26
The damage: $4,166.67
Infraction: Elbowing Minnesota's Jared Spurgeon

Stephen Gionta
Date: Oct. 23
The damage: $2,284.95
Infraction: Spearing Ottawa's Mark Borowiecki

Jordin Tootoo
Date: Oct. 15
The damage: $2,217.74
Infraction: A dangerous trip of Nashville's Seth Jones