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O, Dear: Russia fined $85K for skipping Canadian anthem


Remember when Russian hockey players stormed off the ice instead of sticking around for Canada’s national anthem after a drubbing at the 2015 World Hockey Championship? Apparently that gesture will come at a cost beyond making Matt Duchene really, really mad.

The IIHF fined the Russian Hockey Federation $85K (in the form of 80,000 Swiss francs) for those actions, pointing to an “unmistakable head gesture” from “the captain,” aka Ilya Kovalchuk.

(As you may remember, Alex Ovechkin, Evgeni Malkin and some other players did stay out for at least a portion of the ceremony, so it wasn’t necessarily a team-wide action.)

Here’s a portion of the release, which is soaked in somewhat amusing legalese:

The panel is of the opinion that the occurrences on the ice show that this is not a result of an unfortunate misunderstanding. The Russian players and officials left the ice after a short discussion between the Russian team captain and some Russian officials and the unmistakable head gesture of the captain. It was also noted that the Russian team and management should have been aware of the postgame/victory and closing ceremony procedure because of their vast experience with IIHF Ice Hockey World Championships. The open gate was irrelevant.

Therefore the violation of the IIHF Championship Regulations should be sanctioned by a fine as provided in Articles 5.1, 5.2 of the Disciplinary Code.

So the “oops” excuse didn’t work?

Here are the highlights from Canada’s 6-1 win:

This seems like a good time to share a couple extra sad/angry Kovalchuk photos:

source: AP
Via AP
source: Getty Images
Via Getty

John Tavares fined for slash on Zach Parise

Philadelphia Flyers v New York Islanders

John Tavares and Zach Parise aren’t the type of names that NHL fans have grown accustomed to seeing what the league’s disciplinarian hands down a punishment—but they were both in the middle of a player that will cost Tavares a little cash. Tavares was fined $2,500 for his slash in the second period of the Devils 1-0 victory over the Islanders on Friday afternoon.

The two-hand chop wasn’t penalized by the two on-ice officials, but that doesn’t mean Tavares was going to escape the wrath of Brendan Shanahan. Since Tavares could possible make $3.75 million with bonuses this season, the $2,500 fine represents means he’ll lose this salary for about three minutes of play. Seriously—it’s the $2500 fine doesn’t even represent .01% of his salary this season.

That should teach him.