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Jamie Benn Fined For Crosscheck On Ryan Jones

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Jamie Benn gets off with just a fine for his malicious crosscheck from behind on Ryan Jones.

Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

The NHL released the news Friday that Benn would have a hearing for his crosscheck on Ryan Jones:

Dallas Stars forward Jamie Benn will have a fine hearing Saturday for a cross-checking incident during Thursday's game against the Edmonton Oilers.

At 16:00 of the third period, Benn was assessed a major penalty and a game misconduct for a hit on the Oilers' Ryan Jones.

As per the new Collective Bargaining Agreement, Benn will have a fine hearing since half of his daily salary would be in excess of $5,000, the maximum fine amount.

Today the league announced that Benn has been fined the maximum amount of $10,000:

Dallas Stars forward Jamie Benn has been fined $10,000, the maximum allowed under the Collective Bargaining Agreement, for cross-checking Edmonton Oilers forward Ryan Jones in NHL Game No. 295 in Dallas on Thursday, February 28, the National Hockey League’s Department of Player Safety announced today.

The incident occurred at 16:00 of the third period. Benn was assessed a major penalty and game misconduct for cross-checking.

As a first-time offender, the maximum Benn could be fined was the lesser of $10,000 or one-half of his daily salary.

The fine money goes to the Players' Emergency Assistance Fund.

With this hearing and fine Brendan Shanahan sets a precedent for this type of hit - a malicious non-hockey play with intent to injure away from the play will not be a suspendable offense.