Chris Kreider has been fined $5,000 for hitting Cody Eakin in the head with his own helmet during a fight last night at Madison Square Garden.
From the NHL’s official press release:
New York Rangers forward Chris Kreider has been fined $5,000, the maximum allowable under the Collective Bargaining Agreement, for hitting Dallas Stars forward Cody Eakin with his helmet during a fight during NHL Game No. 663 in New York on Tuesday, Jan. 17, the National Hockey League’s Department of Player Safety announced today.
The incident occurred at 1:52 of the second period.
The money goes to the Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund.
A video of the fight can be viewed below, although the incident involving the helmet can’t be seen clearly.
Eakin, of course, had a target on his back all night after hitting Henrik Lundqvist the last time these two teams played one another. Eakin had been on the receiving end of a few hits before he and Kreider dropped gloves.
Kreider ripped Eakin’s helmet off and took at least one big punch with it still in his hand. Which, for a moment, made it a dangerous weapon.
here is Kreider hitting Eakin in the head with his own helmet pic.twitter.com/rcDoI5JNLb— GIF Grand Maester (@myregularface) January 18, 2017
Kreider has an NHL salary of $5,000,000 this year.