Steve Ott is in his first season serving as a veteran antagonist for the Detroit Red Wings, but he’s already up to his old antics.
It was confirmed on Sunday morning that Ott, who has put up on assist through his first six games with Detroit, has been fined by the NHL’s Department of Player Safety for spearing Boston Bruins captain Zdeno Chara in the tilt between the two teams last night. Per Player Safety, his fine amounts to $2,222.22, which is the maximum allowed under the 2013 CBA.
Drafted 25th overall by the Dallas Stars at the 2000 NHL Entry Draft, Ott has made a name for himself in the NHL as a pest providing supplementary offense.
His scoring numbers have significantly declined in recent years – he’s gone from having a 22-goal season with the Stars during his 2009-10 campaign to putting up just two points in 21 games last year and 12 points in 78 games the year prior – but his ability to get under the other team’s skin certainly hasn’t. He’s racked up 12 PIM this year alone, and now has a nice, hefty fine to go with those.
The Red Wings fell in a close 1-0 shutout decision to Boston on Saturday night, so seeing one of their players fined as well shows that there was clearly frustration from the Atlantic Division club. The two teams will face off again this year on January 18, when Detroit will get a chance to try and come back from their recent loss.