The Arizona Coyotes have been sanctioned by the NHL for a violation that occurred during the 2019-20 NHL season.
As per Darren Dreger of TSN, the NHL began investigating the Coyotes in January for allegedly violating the recruiting policy for draft-eligible players. There has been confirmed to be at least 20 incidents of the Coyotes fitness testing draft-eligible players without permission, and Dreger noted that each violation could carry a fine of $250,000 or more.
As a result of these violations, the Coyotes will forfeit their second-round pick (49th overall) in the 2020 NHL Draft, as well as their first-round pick in 2021.
During a hearing with the league on August 6, the Coyotes admitted to violating the policy by conducting physical testing on players that were eligible for the 2020 Draft before the Combine occurred.
This happened right around the same time that former GM John Chayka terminated his contract as General Manager of the Coyotes. Steve Sullivan is currently serving as interim GM of the franchise.
The Arizona Coyotes organization issued the following comment:
“We were advised today of the NHL’s ruling regarding the allegations of physical fitness testing of draft prospects and respect the League’s ruling. Under new leadership, we have added thorough internal controls and compliance measures to prevent this type of occurrence from happening again in the future. We will have no further comment.”
The Coyotes were eliminated by the Colorado Avalanche in 5 games of the first round of the 2020 Stanley Cup playoffs.
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