Ryan Hartman likely to receive multi-game suspension per NHL rule book

Published March 31, 2024 at 1:47 PM
Minnesota Wild's Ryan Hartman is likely ro receive a multi-game suspension from the NHL after breaking a crucial rule.

Last night, in a game against the Vegas Golden Knights, Hartman threw his stick at a referee.

Ryan Hartman of the Minnesota Wild will likely be suspended by the NHL for throwing his stick at a referee after a missed call.

In the last minute of the game, as the Wild was trailing behind 2-1 and tried to score the tying goal, Hartman received Noah Hanifin's stick to the face and no penalty was called by the referees.


When the game ended, Hartman lashed out on the referees, and apparently, threw his stick at one of them. He was given a 10-minute misconduct penalty.

"Not sure to what extent (fine or worse), but sounds like #mnwild's Ryan Hartman will be hearing from the NHL for his misconduct at game's end. I didn't see it, but apparently he chucked his stick in the refs' direction. He was incensed bc he was high-sticked by Noah Hanifin in final minute of regulation. Not sure how it was missed."

Per the NHL rules, a player who throws a stick at the ref gets automatically suspended for three games.

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.

We'll see how the NHL responds, considering the blatant missed call on Hartman.

More to come.