According to TSN Hockey Insider Darren Dreger, San Jose Sharks forward Evander Kane has received an automatic three-game suspension under Rule 40.4, Physical Abuse of Officials.
The suspension steams from Kane being ejected from the Sharks’ final preseason game against the Vegas Golden Knights for abuse of officials. The Sharks can appeal the suspension to NHL commissioner Gary Bettman.
Rule 40.4 Automatic Suspension – Category III reads as follows:
Clarification on E. Kane suspension. Automatic 3 games Sharks can appeal. At that point Bettman engages and considers reduction. — Darren Dreger (@DarrenDreger) October 1, 2019
"Any player who, by his actions, physically demeans an official or physically threatens an official by (but not limited to) throwing a stick or any other piece of equipment or object at or in the general direction of an official, shooting the puck at or in the general direction of an official, spitting at or in the general direction of an official, or who deliberately applies physical force to an official solely for the purpose of getting free of such an official during or immediately following an altercation shall be suspended for not less than three (3) games."
The incident occurred at the 12:51 mark of the third period when Kane became involved in an altercation with Golden Knights defenceman Deryk Engelland. Linesman Kiel Murchison separated the two players and knocked Kane to the ice in the process, as the two got up, Kane appeared to shove Murchison in the chest.