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Kings' Dean Lombardi Fined $50,000 for Comments

Friday, 01.21.2011 / 5:02 PM / Press Releases
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Kings\' Dean Lombardi Fined $50,000 for Comments
NEW YORK (January 21, 2011) – Los Angeles Kings President and General Manager Dean Lombardi has been fined $50,000 for comments made following Thursday night’s game against the Phoenix Coyotes.

“There is no acceptable explanation or excuse for commentary challenging the integrity of the League’s Hockey Operations Department in general or Mike Murphy, in particular,” Commissioner Gary Bettman said.

“People can disagree with a call by an official on the ice or an official in the Situation Room in Toronto, but even in instances of the utmost frustration there is no justification for speaking as inappropriately and irresponsibly as Mr. Lombardi did,” Commissioner Bettman added. “Mike Murphy is a devoted caretaker of the game. His commitment to the National Hockey League, all 30 of its Clubs – and to the game – is beyond challenge, question or debate.

“I have spoken to Dean, who has apologized to Mike Murphy and to me and has acknowledged that his comments were wrong, inappropriate and without merit,” Commissioner Bettman said.

The money goes to the NHL Foundation.

Statement from Kings President/General Manager Dean Lombardi:

"I spoke to the Commissioner today and he made it very clear to me that my actions last night were inappropriate and detrimental to the game.  There is no question that his assessment is correct and the punishment fits the crime.  Just as important, I apologized to Mike Murphy this morning and I sincerely appreciate his willingness to accept my apology.  Like the team must learn from its mistakes, the GM has to learn from his mistakes as well."