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Boston Bruins captain Brad Marchand and NHL referee
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NHL officially makes ruling on Marchand's altercation with referee

Published May 3, 2024 at 6:27 PM
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The NHL has officially made a decision on whether or not to suspend or fine Boston Bruins captain Brad Marchand for pushing the linesman in game 6 against the Toronto Maple Leafs.

During last night's game against the Toronto Maple Leafs, Boston Bruins Captain Brad Marchand lost his cool in the first period. Marchand shoved a linesman while attempting a line change, a clear violation of NHL rule 40.1. Surprisingly, the officials on the ice chose not to penalize Marchand for his actions.


40.1 Game Misconduct – Any player who deliberately applies physical force in any manner against an official, in any manner attempts to injure an official, physically demeans, or deliberately applies physical force to an official solely for the purpose of getting free of such an official during or immediately following an altercation shall receive a game misconduct penalty.



Despite the incident occurring immediately after Marchand was separated from Maple Leafs forward Tyler Bertuzzi, the NHL has decided not to issue any supplemental discipline for the shove.

It's officially after 5 pm and it's clear the NHL won't be issuing any supplemental discipline for his shove on the linesman. This is a clear violation of rule 40.1, but the league has decided to ignore it.



The rules indicate that Brad Marchand should have received an automatic 10-game suspension for his actions.

40.4 Automatic Suspension – Category III – Any player who, by his actions, physically demeans an official or physically threatens an official by (but not limited to) throwing a stick or any other piece of equipment or object at or in the general direction of an official, shooting the puck at or in the general direction of an official, spitting at or in the general direction of an official, or who deliberately applies physical force to an official solely for the purpose of getting free of such an official during or immediately following an altercation shall be suspended for not less than three (3) games.

This decision raises eyebrows, particularly given the league's history of penalizing players and coaches for similar outbursts during the season. Marchand's action, considering his history, seems like a missed opportunity for the league to enforce its rules and protect its officials.

Do you think the NHL made the right call here?

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NHL officially makes ruling on Marchand's altercation with referee

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