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NHL player safety makes verdict on Brad Marchand's suspension


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Aaron
May 3, 2024  (9:09 PM)
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Boston Bruins captain Brad Marchand
Photo credit: The Hockey News

Brad Marchand was caught breaking an NHL rule last night after shoving a referee in front of the Boston Bruins bench. This may have led to a 10-game suspension.

It has now been confirmed, however, that the NHL's department of player safety will not be giving Brad Marchand any supplemental discipline, despite having clearly broken NHL rules 40.1 and 40.4.
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.

For clarification, these were the rules broken by Brad Marchand:
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.

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.

Brad Marchand is the heart and soul of the Boston Bruins, no matter his up and down style of play. With the teams' season on the line against the Toronto Maple Leafs tomorrow night, it seems a little too lucky that the Boston Bruins will have their captain in the lineup.
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NHL reaches decision on Brad Marchand's shoving a linesman
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