Anthony DeAngelo of the Arizona Coyotes has been suspended for an incident that occurred Saturday Night. The official reasoning has been stated as physical abuse of an official. There is no word on what exactly happened.
Anthony DeAngelo Suspended
Coyotes defenseman Anthony DeAngelo suspended for three games for violating Rule 40.4 (Physical Abuse of Officials). https://t.co/o86xFqSHMr
— NHL Public Relations (@PR_NHL) January 2, 2017
As stated in the tweet above, the incident with DeAngelo has violated Rule 40.4 which states explicitly, “40.4 Automatic Suspension – Category III – Any player who, by his actions, physically demeans an official or 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, 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 no less than three games.”
Draw your own conclusions on what exactly happened, but the NHL is unlikely to come public with the details of the altercation. Aside from sharing the official statement from the NHL, there has been no word from the Coyotes organization on the situation, which is just as unlikely as the league making information public as well.
As stated in the official statement from the NHL, “Under the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement and, based on his average annual salary, DeAngelo will forfeit $14,388.90. The money goes to the Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund.”