McKenzie: Habs facing fine after using ineligible player

Bob McKenzie

12/10/2009 9:56:46 AM

It's a good bet the Montreal Canadiens will receive a significant (six figure) fine for playing an ineligible player on Tuesday night.

Ryan White was pulled from the game in the first period when the NHL noticed he was playing, but that the Canadiens had neglected to notify the league of his recall before the daily 5 p.m. deadline.
The Canadiens finished the game minus one forward. And now there is every reason to believe the Canadiens will be slapped with a hefty fine.

Had the league not noticed White's presence in the game, and had him pulled from the ice in the first period, it's quite likely the Canadiens would have had to forfeit their victory over the Ottawa Senators.

This violation is considered a serious breach and the feeling is the league will come down hard on Montreal to send a message throughout the league.

It's believed to be the first such incident since the lockout of 2004.