The NHL fined Anaheim Ducks star Ryan Getzlaf Saturday for the sure of a so-called “inappropriate remark” in Thursday night’s Game 4 matchup against the Nashville Predators in the Western Conference finals.
According to TSN, Getzlaf used a homophobic slur toward one of the referees after the Ducks’ Nate Thompson was checked by the Predators’ Austin Watson. Getzlaf skated behind referee Kelly Sunderland and yelled the remark.
“Getzlaf’s comment in Thursday’s game, particularly as directed to another individual on the ice, was inappropriately demeaning and disrespectful, and crossed the line into behavior that we deem unacceptable,” Colin Campbell, the NHL’s senior vice president of hockey operations, said in a statement. “The type of language chosen and utilized in this instance will not be tolerated in the National Hockey League.”
The Orange County Register reported that the fine is the maximum fine allowed by the NHL.
Getzlaf is expected to address the punishment and the incident after Game 5 on Saturday night.