Forward Ryan Getzlaf of the Anaheim Ducks was fined $10,000 for directing an inappropriate remark toward another participant in Thursday's Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Western Conference Final against the Nashville Predators, the National Hockey League announced on Saturday.
It is the maximum fine permitted under the NHL/NHLPA Collective Bargaining Agreement.
Getzlaf's comment is a violation of the NHL's policy which prohibits inappropriate and offensive remarks, and the use of obscene, profane or abusive language or gestures.
"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," said Colin Campbell, the NHL's Senior Executive Vice President of Hockey Operations.
"The type of language chosen and utilized in this instance will not be tolerated in the National Hockey League."
The money goes to the Players' Emergency Assistance Fund.