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NHL Department of Player Safety Announces Hefty Punishment For Intent to injure play

Published January 2, 2024 at 1:58 PM
Minnesota Wild forward Ryan Hartman received a hefty fine of over $4.4K, the maximum allowed under the Collective Bargaining Agreement.

The fine stemmed from a high-sticking incident involving Winnipeg Jets forward Cole Perfetti during Sunday's game. This marks the seventh fine of Hartman's career and the second disciplinary action this season, following a two-game suspension for tripping Red Wings winger Alex DeBrincat in November.

The incident, confirmed as intentional, took a strange turn as Hartman's motive was revealed during gameplay. Perfetti, who had a microphone on during the game, disclosed that Hartman stated the high stick was payback for a previous cross-check by Brenden Dillon that injured Wild star Kirill Kaprizov.

Cole Perfetti after Jets morning skate tells us he's was mic'd up for the game against the Wild and Ryan Hartman admitted the stick to the face was intentional.

Despite the fine, the lack of a suspension for Hartman is welcome news for the Wild, who are already dealing with injuries to key players like Kaprizov and Mats Zuccarello.

Additionally, bottom-six forward Marcus Foligno is a game-time decision for the upcoming clash against the Flames due to an undisclosed injury, adding to the team's injury concerns.
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NHL Department of Player Safety Announces Hefty Punishment For Intent to injure play

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