Arizona Coyotes defenseman Anthony DeAngelo has been suspended for three games by the NHL for violating Rule 40.4 – Physical Abuse of Officials.
Per the rule book:
40.4 Automatic Suspension – Category III – Any player 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.
He will forfeit $14,388.90 in salary.
The incident happened at the end of the second period of Saturday night’s game against the Calgary Flames.
Arizona Coyotes defenseman Anthony DeAngelo picked up a game misconduct for arguing with — and trying to get away from — linesman David Brisebois during Saturday’s game against the Calgary Flames …
At the end of the second period, the two teams came together with Calgary’s Sam Bennett and DeAngelo exchanging gloved jabs as the horn sounded. The officials quickly moved in to break up the scrum and separate the players.
DeAngelo mouthed off as he struggled to get free from the Brisebois. Instead of getting loose, he found himself escorted to the locker room, done for the night.
— Scouting The Refs (@ScoutingTheRefs) January 1, 2017
This isn’t the first time DeAngelo’s irresponsible behavior has gotten him into trouble
While playing for the Sarnia Sting in 2014, DeAngelo was held out of games for two weeks by the team and then suspended by the OHL for eight games for violating the league’s harassment, abuse and diversity policy. DeAngelo directed a racial slur at a teammate.
That was the SECOND time DeAngelo was suspended under the same policy.
DeAngelo was a first round draft pick (19th overall) in 2014 for the Tampa Bay Lightning. The Bolts shipped him off to Arizona at the 2016 draft for a second round pick. In his first season with the Coyotes, he has nine points in 20 games.