NHL Fines Vancouver Canucks For Violating Offseason Training Rules

The Vancouver Canucks have reportedly been fined $50,000 by the NHL for violating offseason training rules, according to multiple reports.

The team conducted on-ice sessions in mid-April, after the conclusion of the 2022-23 regular season, which goes against the NHL's collective bargaining agreement.

The sessions involved coaching staff and hockey operations personnel working with players, including former Canucks players Daniel and Henrik Sedin, who currently hold player development roles within the organization.

The NHL prohibits such activities during the offseason and has warned the Canucks about facing larger fines for subsequent violations.

This news comes at the end of a challenging season for the Canucks, who finished 22nd in the league with a 38-37-7 record.

They made significant moves throughout the season, such as trading captain Bo Horvat to the New York Islanders and undergoing a coaching change, with Bruce Boudreau being replaced by Rick Tocchet. Under Tocchet's guidance, the team achieved a 20-12-4 record in 36 games.

Looking ahead, the Canucks currently hold a 3.0 percent chance of securing the first overall pick at the 2023 NHL Draft, representing the lowest odds among eligible teams.

This isn't the first time the Canucks have faced fines from the NHL. In 2016, the organization was fined $50,000 for violating tampering rules when then-General Manager Jim Benning openly expressed interest in players Steven Stamkos and P.K. Subban during a radio interview. Photo Credit:  Steven Bisig-USA TODAY Sports