NHL suspends Allison one game

Updated: January 31, 2004, 3:31 AM ET
SportsTicker

NEW YORK -- Attempting to battle opposing players is acceptable in the National Hockey League, but doing the same with fans is not. Jamie Allison learned this lesson the hard way.

The NHL on Friday suspended the Nashville Predators defenseman one game without pay for confronting a fan during Thursday's 6-4 victory over the Blue Jackets in Columbus.

The Predators also were fined $10,000 for the incident.

With 54 seconds remaining in the second period, Allison received a 10-minute misconduct penalty. As he was leaving the ice, Allison confronted a fan near the Predators' bench.

He threw his stick down the tunnel leading to the Nashville dressing room. A police officer then appeared to get in an argument with Allison.

Two fans were ejected for harassing him.

"Although there was no physical contact with the fan, Mr. Allison's conduct as he left the playing surface cannot be tolerated," NHL senior vice president and director of hockey operations Colin Campbell said.

In addition to missing Saturday's contest against San Jose, Allison forfeits $2,222.22 of his $400,000 salary.

Allison has two assists and 59 penalty minutes in 30 games this season. In 328 career contests with Calgary, Chicago, Columbus and the Predators, the 28-year-old has seven goals, 21 assists and 566 penalty minutes.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.