NHL fines Ducks center Ryan Getzlaf $10,000 for use of inappropriate remark

ANAHEIM – The NHL on Saturday fined Ducks captain Ryan Getzlaf $10,000 for the use of what it called an inappropriate remark Thursday night during Game 4 of the Western Conference finals against Nashville.

The fine is the maximum amount allowable under the terms of the joint collective bargaining agreement between the league and the players’ union. Getzlaf’s comment was deemed a violation of the NHL’s policy “which prohibits inappropriate and offensive remarks, and the use of obscene, profane or abusive
language or gestures in the game.”

TSN reporter Frank Seravalli first reported that Getzlaf used a homophobic slur. The incident, according to a video on the hockeyfeed.com website, appeared after Nate Thompson was checked from behind by Nashville’s Austin Watson. Getzlaf yelled at referee Kelly Sutherland afterward as he skated behind him.

The center then yelled the slur to his intended target when he got back to the Ducks bench. It isn’t clear in the video if that was also directed at Sutherland.

“Getzlaf’s comment in Thursday’s game, particularly as directed to another individual on the ice, was inappropriately demeaning and disrespectful, and crossed the line into behavior that we deem unacceptable,” Colin Campbell, the NHL’s senior vice president of hockey operations, said in a statement. “The type of language chosen and utilized in this instance will not be tolerated in the National Hockey League.”

The fine will go to the Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund. Getzlaf, a leading candidate in the Conn Smythe Trophy discussion as the playoffs’ most valuable player, has been captain of the Ducks since 2010 when he succeeded the retired Scott Niedermayer.

The Ducks and Predators are scheduled to play Game 5 at Honda Center on Saturday night.

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