NHL will discuss 10-game suspension for goalies leaving crease to partake in fighting

Gary Lawless of the Winnipeg Free Press announced yesterday that the NHL will discuss the possibility of a 10-game suspension for goaltenders who leave the crease to partake in a fight.

 

 

When an NHL player hops the boards to join a fight, that player is automatically suspended for 10 NHL games, without pay. In wake of an incident last Friday in Philadelphia, the league may consider instituting the automatic suspension for goalies. You can see the incident here.

On October 1, 2013, Ray Emery of the Philadelphia Flyers left his crease unprovoked, travelled all the way to the other end of the rink, and fought Washington Capitals netminder Braydon Holtby, who did not fight back. The incident has garnered a ton of bad publicity for the NHL, especially on Twitter and across other public forums. Very few support Emery’s outburst, creating an overwhelming call for action. Aside from warranting a 5 minute major penalty for fighting, what Emery did is totally legal within the rules of the game. That may change.