The NHL announced on Thursday that the New York Rangers have been fined $250,000 after releasing a statement on Tuesday where the organization called NHL Department of Player Safety head George Parros “unfit” for the position.
“Public comments of the nature issued by the Rangers that were personal in nature and demeaning of a League executive will not be tolerated,” said NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman in a statement. “While we don’t expect our Clubs to agree with every decision rendered by the Department of Player Safety, the extent to which the Rangers expressed their disagreement was unacceptable. It is terribly unfair to question George Parros’ professionalism and dedication to his role and the Department of Player Safety.”
The Rangers released the statement after Washington Capitals forward Tom Wilson was fined $5,000 for roughing forward Pavel Buchnevich in the team’s 5-3 loss to the Capitals at Madison Square Garden on Monday.
The controversy led to six fights in the Capitals’ 4-2 win over the Rangers on Wednesday, including three of the opening faceoff and one between Wilson and defenseman Brendan Smith just 50 seconds into the game.
Below, you can find the statement released by the Rangers organization on Tuesday:
By Harrison Brown