NHL maintains Nino Niederreiter’s one-game ban » FirstSportz

Nino Niederreiter

The commissioner of the National Hockey League (NHL). Gary Bettman confirmed the one-game suspension billed to the Carolina Hurricanes forward Nino Niederreiter for slashing Washington Capitals forward Axel Johnsson Fjallby. The incident occurred during game #978 in Carolina on March 18, 2022.

The incident occurred at 1:43 p.m. of the first period, when Niederreiter was judged frivolously for slashing Johnsson. Niederreiter was suspended for slotting the Capitals forward while he was still on the bench. The suspension was imposed more than a week ago and Neiderretier had already missed a game but returned to the line-up shortly after.

It is believed the Hurricanes forward’s appeal is just a show to clear his record and recover forfeited salary. The Department of Player Safety described the incident as “controlled and purposeful stick swing aimed at a benched opponent “and worthy of suspension even when there is relatively little power.”

Gary Bettman’s point of view and Nino Niederreiter’s appeal

NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman states in the two-page resolution: “Mr. Niederreiter has no experience of the adjunct discipline in his ten (10) year NHL career and his conduct during the hearing was repentant and respectful. However, I cannot discount the willful, retaliatory and potentially dangerous nature of his action I accept that this was not an act of violence, however, Mr. Niederreiter’s responsibility as a player on the ice is not to engage with players on the bench, even when the players on the bench come into contact with him and especially when contact with an unsuspecting and uninvolved player.

While I accept Mr. Niederreiter’s statement that his swing was not powerful, any intentional use of a racquet to touch a player’s neck or head is unacceptable, certainly not with a player on the bench. While Mr Jonsson-Fjallby was not injured in this case, a matter of centimeters could have resulted in a dramatically different outcome.”

Niederreiter lost just over $26,000 for the “slashing” incident and will later include it in his supplemental discipline history. In the event of another incident, this will be further considered in future decisions. Meanwhile, he will be back on the ice Monday to play against the Capitals.

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