NHL Rules on Gambling
The rules state that gambling on any NHL games is strictly prohibited. Disciplinary actions will be taken for violations of NHL gambling policy.
The NHL is very strict in enforcing its rules and there was a memo sent out in 2022 which served as a warning that any sort of betting would be strictly punished. There have been instances where non-players have been punished for gambling-related misconduct.
Commissioner Gary Bettman has the power to “discipline individuals determined to have engaged in improper gambling activities” with punishment that could include “expulsion of suspension for a definite or indefinite period” or “canceling any contract” or by “imposing a fine.”
There is a single line stated in the CBA that "Gambling on any NHL game is strictly prohibited". This means that gambling in games other than the NHL like the NFL, NBA, MLB, or other leagues is allowed by the NHL at the discretion of the players.
As per the CBA, the NHL can punish players for activities that are “detrimental to the welfare of the league or the game of hockey”. It provides a sort of gray area where the NHL can use it to punish players, although a strict investigation does take place before one's guilt is determined.
Betting on NHL games even where it is allowed by law is prohibited by the NHL and considers such conduct which is subject to punishment pending an investigation.
Given below are some of the things surrounding gambling that the National Hockey League warns players to not do.
- Share their accounts
- Placing bets with third parties
- A prop will be treated the same as betting on a hockey game
- Sharing of jokes and offhand comments about the odds
- Sharing insight into injury info of players
- Betting through illegal means like bookmakers
The NHL teams can restrict their employees from taking part in things like Fantasy Hockey leagues for money. There are a lot of gray areas when it comes to gambling but the one ironclad rule is players are not allowed to gamble on any NHL games.
There is a strict investigation that is conducted if someone is accused of taking part in bets in NHL games. The punishment is usually handed out based on the results of said investigation unless the individual pleads guilty.