The NHL announced this afternoon that Calgary Flames head coach Bob Hartley has been fined US$50,000 for his role in Friday night’s Game 2 brawl between the Flames and the Vancouver Canucks.
“The fine was issued in accordance with By-Law 17.3 (a) for conduct prejudicial to or against the welfare of the League,” said the NHL in a statement. No fine was given to Vancouver Canucks coach Willie Desjardins.
The brawl occurred with just 1 minute 17 seconds remaining in the third period.
However, the earlier decision to give Flames defensemen Deryk Engelland a game misconduct penalty for instigating the fight has been rescinded.
The Canucks went on to win the night with a score of 4-1, ending the game with an empty net goal. The series is now tied 1-1.
Hartley was also fined US$25,000 last season after a line brawl against the Canucks. In that incident, then-Canucks coach John Tortorella became so infuriated to the point that he stormed the Flames change room during the intermission. Tortorella was not fined, but he received a 15-day, 6-game suspension.
Fines collected by the NHL go towards charities.