NHL suspends Darcy Hordichuk, fines Canucks coach Alain Vigneault

The NHL handed down an automatic one-game suspension to Vancouver Canucks forward Darcy Hordichuk and fined head coach Alain Vigneault US$10,000 on Thursday.

TORONTO — The NHL handed down an automatic one-game suspension to Vancouver Canucks forward Darcy Hordichuk and fined head coach Alain Vigneault US$10,000 on Thursday.

Hordichuk was assessed an instigator penalty after fighting Cam Janssen at 15:04 of the third period in Tuesday’s 6-1 loss to the St. Louis Blues, triggering the ban.

Janssen had roughed up Tanner Glass during a fight earlier in the game.

Anyone assessed an instigator penalty in the final five minutes of a game receives the automatic suspension, while the coach gets a $10,000 fine, a figure that doubles for each subsequent infraction.

Hordichuk forfeits $4,015.54 in salary, which goes to the Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund. Vigneault’s fine goes to the NHL Foundation.

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