Ducks forward Ritchie gets fined for attack on Sobotka

Nick Ritchie gets fined the maximum amount by the NHL

Paul Hamilton
October 17, 2019 - 2:20 pm

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(WGR 550) - The National Hockey League's Department of Player Safety announced on Thursday that Ducks forward Nick Ritchie has been fined $4,121.86 for roughing Vladimir Sobotka. The fine is the most allowed by the Collective Bargaining Agreement.

Sobotka hit Ritchie with a solid, clean body check in the corner and then skated to the front of the Sabres net. Ritchie followed him there and jumped him, punching him in the head and knocking his helmet off. Goalie Linus Ullmark came to his teammate's defense and starting punching Ritchie. Ullmark received a two-minute penalty for roughing, while Ritchie got four.

The NHL has apparently done nothing about a hit that was far worse.

Victor Olofsson was in alone on John Gibson and shot the puck wide. The puck went into the air and Olofsson was looking up waiting for it to come down. At that moment, Carter Rowney hit him in the head with a scummy hit and then drove his head and body into the boards. Rowney got a two-minute boarding penalty.

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