The Anaheim Ducks will not be fined for a skating session organized by team captain Ryan Getzlaf on Dec. 26, NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly told Helene Elliott of the LA Times.
Getzlaf arranged the time for Anaheim players and their families to skate during the league's holiday break, which runs from Dec. 24 to Dec. 26. Daly initially said that the team could face punishment if management was found to have been "involved in organizing, arranging or administering any team activities ..."
On Friday, Daly confirmed that the team was cleared of any wrongdoing.
"We are satisfied that the team was in compliance with the guidelines and protocol previously provided by the league for 'off day' activities," Daly said in an email.
Ducks general manager Bob Murray told the Orange County Register on Dec. 29 that he had told the league Getzlaf had paid for the time on the ice and arranged for a youth coach to run the practice. Murray added that no members of the coaching staff or the team's hockey operations were present.
Getzlaf organized the session out of concern that the break could negatively affect the team's health and its competitive edge.
"I have enough trouble when I have two days off, let alone three or four," Getzlaf said. "I can't be off the ice that long and expect my body to react without getting injured or in trouble. Plus, with my kids, it was a nice thing to do."
The Ducks are 24-9-6 this season, and currently lead the Western Conference. The team plays next against the St. Louis Blues (22-12-3, fourth in the western conference) in Anaheim on Friday at 10 pm EST.
- Christopher Woody