NHL suspends Islanders assistant two games for 'abuse of officials'

Assistant coach Brent Thompson won't be on the bench for the Islanders this weekend (USATSI)
Assistant coach Brent Thompson won't be on the bench for the Islanders this weekend (USATSI)

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The NHL has suspended New York Islanders assistant coach Brent Thompson for two games following what the league termed as “inappropriate and abusive comments” directed at the officials following Thursday night’s 2-1 overtime loss to the New York Rangers.

Thompson was assessed a game misconduct by the referees and reported to the league for review per Rule 39.5, which covers “Abuse of Officials” and states:

When a Coach or non-playing person uses obscene, profane or abusive language or gesture directed at any on or off-ice official or uses the name of any official coupled with any vociferous remarks, after already being assessed a bench minor penalty (39.3 (ii)), this Coach or non-playing person is to be assessed a game misconduct and the situation reported to the Commissioner for further action. When this type of conduct occurs after the expiration of the game, on or off the ice, the game misconduct shall be applied without the necessity of having been assessed a bench minor penalty previously.

Isles forward Kyle Okposo also received a misconduct penalty after Thursday night’s contest, but has not been disciplined further by the league.

Head coach Jack Capuano also shared his review of the officiating in his postgame remarks after his team did not receive a single power play in the game. The Rangers got three, including one in overtime on which Marian Gaborik scored the game-winning goal.

“If that’s the way [the referee] wants to call the game, that’s the way he calls the game,” Capuano said. “I feel bad for our guys because they worked hard tonight and they deserved at least one or two power plays. So it [stinks], but there’s nothing you can do about it.” (New York Post)

It’s pretty rare to see a coach, let alone an assistant get suspended for any amount of time, so whatever Thompson did or said had to be fairly serious (but probably not as bad as this).

Rangers head coach John Tortorella was suspended one game during the playoffs in 2009 for squirting and throwing a water bottle at fans in Washington.

Thompson will miss the Islanders’ games on March 9 against Washington and March 10 against Pittsburgh.

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