MONTREAL – Sharks striker Evander Kane was banned from the NHL for 21 games on Monday for submitting a forged COVID-19 vaccination card.
But it’s not the first suspension he’s had since joining the Sharks in February 2018.
He was banned from a game in April 2018 for reviewing the Vegas Golden Knights ‘Pierre-Edouard Bellemare during the two teams’ playoff series that year.
Prior to the start of the 2019-2020 season, Kane was suspended for violating rule 40.4 (physical abuse of officials) during a preseason game against the Vegas Golden Knights.
In February 2020 he was suspended for three games for knocking out Winnipeg Jets’ Neal Pionk with his elbow.
In December 2014, he was banned from playing two games as a member of the Jets to board Anaheim’s Clayton Stoner
While not an exhaustive list, here are some of the more notable suspensions in Sharks history.
Raffi Torres, 41 games: Torres has been suspended for an illegal head blow to Anaheim’s Jakob Silfverberg, the longest suspension for a Sharks player in the franchise’s 25-year history. Although he was able to return in January, Torres, who had a history of bans, never played for the Sharks again as a persistent knee injury kept him out for the remainder of the season.
Andrei Nazarov, 13 games (later reduced to six games): The NHL punished Nazarov for hitting linesman Brad Lazarowich in the side of the head when he was dealing with the official about Bryan Marchment and then Edmonton fight a brawl. The next month, NHL commissioner Gary Bettman reduced the suspension to six games, ruling that Nazarov’s contact with the linesman was not intended.
Owen Nolan, 11 games: Nolan was suspended after receiving a game penalty earlier this month for beating Dallas Stars forward Grant Marshall. Nolan and the Sharks appealed the suspension, but Bettman is upholding the sentence.
Bryan Marchment, six games: Marchment, no stranger to the NHL director’s office, was banned for elbowing Carolina Hurricanes striker Shane Willis in the head. Willis, who had a history of concussions, missed two games. Marchment is a scout and development coach for the Sharks.
Raffi Torres, six games: Torres was suspended for the remainder of the second round of the playoffs for a head blow to Jarret Stoll of Los Angeles in Game 1 of the series. Torres had been fined for indicting the game, but the NHL found that his actions violated the illegal hit-to-the-head rule. Torres didn’t appeal the six-game suspension as the Sharks lost to the Kings in seven games. Shortly after the league’s punishment was announced, the NHL fined the Sharks $ 100,000 for criticizing General Manager Doug Wilson’s bailout.
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John Scott, four games: Scott is suspended for beating an unsuspecting opponent while right-leveling the Anaheim Ducks defender. Scott was not punished for the game, but after further review by the league, he was banned, which took into account Scott’s repeat offender status.