Maple Leafs fined $100,000 by NHL for holiday travel violation

The Toronto Maple Leafs were fined $100,000 by the NHL on Wednesday for a travel violation during the league’s offseason.

The Maple Leafs’ flight to St. Louis on Monday violated collective bargaining agreements between the NHL and the NHL Players Association. Teams are limited in activities and travel during the break. Games resumed in the league on Tuesday night.

According to flight information, the Maple Leafs departed Toronto at 10:18 PM ET and arrived in St. Louis at 10:46 PM CT on Monday.

Maple Leafs coach Sheldon Keefe was also fined, but for a violation during the game. League was fined $25,000 on Wednesday for “derogatory behavior toward officials” during Tuesday’s 5-4 overtime win over the Blues.

Fines from both violations will be sent to the NHL fund.

Amid all the distractions, William Nylander scored in overtime and the Maple Leafs won their third straight to improve to 10-2-1 in December.

Justin Hall, Alexander Kerfoot, Kalle Jarnkrok and John Tavares also scored for Toronto, and Ilya Samsonov made 30 saves in the win.

While discipline for travel violations in the NHL is rare, it does happen. In 2015, the Philadelphia Flyers were fined after online flight records showed the club took a flight from Philadelphia to Nashville on the night of December 26.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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