Ducks captain Getzlaf fined for apparent homophobic slur
Anaheim Ducks center Ryan Getzlaf (15) congratulates center Nate Thompson (44) and right wing Corey Perry (10) after the Ducks beat the Nashville Predators in overtime in Game 4 of the Western Conference final in the NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoffs Thursday, May 18, 2017, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)
The Associated Press
Published Saturday, May 20, 2017 2:37PM EDT
Last Updated Saturday, May 20, 2017 2:53PM EDT
ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Anaheim Ducks captain Ryan Getzlaf was fined $10,000 on Saturday for apparently using a homophobic slur during Game 4 of the Western Conference finals.
The NHL announced the fine several hours before Game 5 against the Nashville Predators. Getzlaf, the Ducks' leading scorer in the post-season, avoided a suspension.
Getzlaf was captured by television cameras appearing to shout the inappropriate remark in frustration with an official after returning to Anaheim's bench during overtime.
One year ago, Chicago forward Andrew Shaw was suspended for one game and fined $5,000 for directing a homophobic slur toward an official during a playoff game.
Getzlaf's fine is the maximum allowable under the league's collective bargaining agreement with the NHLPA.
"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 behaviour that we deem unacceptable," said Colin Campbell, the NHL's senior executive vice-president of hockey operations. "The type of language chosen and utilized in this instance will not be tolerated in the National Hockey League."
Although some people on social media don't think the punishment was enough.
You can tell that some sports discipline harder than others. Pillar gets 2 games and could lose a sponsor. Getzlaf gets a fine. #playoffs— Josh MacAllister (@Jmac_1443) May 20, 2017
@morettiphd not in favour of suspension but fine is 0.12% of his salary. $85.2k— Prof. John Miller SD (@JMillerStats) May 20, 2017
They probably looked at Chris Getzlaf's salary, not Ryan.
@theScoreNHL Another great double standard. MLB is 2 game suspension and lost wages, Getzlaf gets a fine = 15 minutes of play.— Jason Hoffman (@EMSIJason) May 20, 2017
Getzlaf has scored 18 points in 15 playoff games during one of the best postseasons of his NHL career. The 2007 Stanley Cup champion is the second-leading scorer in the current playoffs, trailing only Pittsburgh's Evgeni Malkin.
The veteran centre will publicly address the fine after Game 5, the Ducks say. Nashville and Anaheim split the first two games of the Western Conference finals.