ANAHEIM, Calif. - Anaheim Ducks captain Ryan Getzlaf was fined $10,000 on Saturday for apparently using a homophobic slur during Game 4 of the Western Conference finals.
The NHL announced the fine several hours before Game 5 against the Nashville Predators. Getzlaf the Ducks' leading scorer in the post-season, avoided a suspension.
Getzlaf was captured by television cameras appearing to shout the inappropriate remark in frustration with an official after returning to Anaheim's bench during overtime.
One year ago, Chicago forward Andrew Shaw was suspended for one game and fined $5,000 for directing a homophobic slur toward an official during a playoff game.
Earlier this week, the Toronto Blue Jays suspended centre-fielder Kevin Pillar for two games for directing a homophobic slur toward an opposing pitcher.
Getzlaf's fine is the maximum allowable under the league's collective bargaining agreement with the NHLPA.
(The Associated Press)