Flames’ Giordano slapped with $10,000 fine for slew-footing incident
Defenceman avoids suspension for Sunday incident in Dallas after phone hearing with NHL department of player safety
Dallas’ Brenden Morrow slams Calgary Flames defenceman Mark Giordano against the boards behind the net after he was tripped on the play by Jaromir Jagr during Sunday’s meeting. Giordano has been slapped with a $10,000 fine for another incident during the same game where he slew-footed Antoine Roussel.
Photograph by: Herald Files/Associated Press, AP
Mark Giordano serves as the protector of the public good — from such menaces as Vancouver’s infamous spandex-clad green men — as the star of television commercials for ATB Financial.
But the National Hockey League deemed the Calgary Flames defenceman took his on-ice intimidation tactics too far in the second period of Sunday’s 4-3 road victory over the Dallas Stars.
After a phone hearing Tuesday afternoon, the department of player safety slapped Giordano with a $10,000 fine — the maximum allowable for a first-time offender under the collective bargaining agreement — for slew-footing Dallas forward Antoine Roussel.
Giordano, 29, received a minor penalty for tripping on the play. He suited up Monday night in Phoenix and is expected to do the same Wednesday night in Calgary against the Los Angeles Kings.
NHL Rule 52 defines slew-footing as “the act of a player using his leg or foot to knock or kick an opponent’s feet from under him or pushes an opponent’s upper body backward with an arm or elbow, and at the same time with a forward motion of his leg, knocks or kicks the opponent’s feet from under him, causing him to fall violently to the ice.
Video evidence of the play shows Giordano doing just that to the rookie Star.
Due to his otherwise clean record, the maximum Giordano could be fined was the lesser of $10,000 or half his daily salary.
The fine money goes to the Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund.
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