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Garnet Hathaway fined $5,000 for kneeing

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Philadelphia Flyers forward Garnet Hathaway has been fined $5,000 by the NHL Department of Player Safety for kneeing Columbus Blue Jackets defenseman Zach Werenski in Thursday night’s season opening game for both teams.

Hathaway was initially given a major penalty on the play but upon further review, the penalty was bumped down to a minor. Werenski left the game as a result.

The Blue Jackets announced on Friday that Werenski was placed on injured reserve and would miss one to two weeks with a a quad contusion as a result of the incident. Defenseman David Jiříček was been recalled from AHL Cleveland to fill the vacancy for now.

Hathaway’s $5,000 fine will be going to the NHL Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund.

In his Flyers debut, Hathaway recorded 2 shots on goal, 3 blocked shots, and was -1 in 12:33 of ice time while skating on the fourth line with Nicolas Deslauriers and fellow newcomer Ryan Poehling.

Philadelphia won Thursday’s game 4-2 behind two goals from Travis Konecny, a goal from Joel Farabee, and an empty-netter that would stand as the game-winner from Cam Atkinson.

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