Will Clowe face disciplinary action for fight with Shaw?

Will Clowe face disciplinary action for fight with Shaw?

Clowe targets Shaw for hit on Pavelski

February 23, 2013, 12:30 pm
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San Jose Sharks forward Ryan Clowe left the bench to start an altercation with the Blackhawks on Friday night. Now he may be sidelined for a bit because of those actions.

Clowe, who left the bench to start a fight with Blackhawks forward Andrew Shaw last night, will have an in-person hearing with the league on Monday, TSN.ca reported this afternoon. Shaw had just hit Clowe’s teammate, Joe Pavelski, into the boards with 14.2 seconds remaining in regulation when Clowe came off the bench.

An in-person hearing means the league can suspend a player for six games or more if it so chooses. The question is, was Clowe’s move legal or illegal? Here’s the breakdown of league Rule 70 – Leaving the Bench:

70.1 Leaving the Bench - No player or goalkeeper may leave the players’ or penalty bench at any time during an altercation or for the purpose of starting an altercation. Substitutions made prior to the altercation shall be permitted provided the players so substituting do not enter the altercation.

70.2 Legal Line Change A player who has entered the game on a legal line change or legally from the penalty bench (penalty time has expired) whostarts an altercation maybe subject to discipline in accordance with Rule 28 – Supplementary Discipline.

A player or players who have entered the game on a legal line change during a stoppage of play, who line up in preparation for the ensuing face-off, and who participate in an altercation shall be penalized under the appropriate rule and will be subject to discipline in accordance with Rule 28 – Supplementary Discipline (a game misconduct is not automatic in this situation unless provided for as a result of his actions in the altercation).

By the way, Shaw has been suspended for doing that himself. Playing in Rockford earlier this season, Shaw received a six-game suspension for leaving the bench to start an altercation against Lake Erie on Nov. 3.