Carcillo suspended for off-ice incident

File this one under WTF…the National Hockey League issued a two-game suspension for Flyers forward Dan Carcillo for actions between periods in Philly’s season-ending Game 4.

Here’s the official release from the NHL:

“Philadelphia Flyers’ forward Daniel Carcillo has  been  suspended  for  the  period  covering  two regular season games, without pay, for his actions off the ice following the first period of Game #4 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals against the Boston Bruins on May 6, the National Hockey League announced today.

National  Hockey  League  Senior  Vice President of Hockey Operations Mike Murphy reached the decision following a hearing into the matter on May 13.  The hearing was conducted pursuant to article 18.1 (on-ice discipline) and  18.2  (off-ice discipline) of the Collective Bargaining Agreement, NHL By-Law  17 and Article 6 of the NHL Constitution as a result of an incident outside  of  the  officials’  locker  room following the first period and a verbal confrontation with linesman Brian Murphy at the players’ bench prior to the start of the second period.

“Between  the  first and second period, while off ice and outside the officials’  locker  room,  Mr.  Carcillo engaged in aggressive behavior and inappropriate  conduct  directed at the officials,” said Murphy. “While Mr. Carcillo acknowledged in the hearing that he regrets his actions outside of
the officials’ room, there can be no defense for his conduct.

“I  also  reviewed  the  verbal  confrontation  between  Carcillo and linesman  Brian  Murphy  at  the  players’  bench prior to the start of the second  period  and  have  determined that, while the verbal abuse may have been worthy of a penalty, there is no evidence that Carcillo’s action merit supplemental discipline,” concluded Murphy.

Carcillo  will  miss  his  club’s  first  two regular season games in 2011-12. The  forfeited  money  shall  go to the Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund.