The Florida Panthers have parted ways with veteran assistant coach Mike Kitchen after he allegedly kicked a Panthers player on the bench during a game this season, multiple sources have told TSN.
Kitchen did not immediately respond to a request for comment. The Panthers said in a news release on Tuesday evening only that "Mike Kitchen will not return as assistant coach," and declined to offer further comment, citing company policy on personnel matters.
A National Hockey League official confirmed the league has been apprised of an internal investigation by the Panthers.
According to sources, the alleged incident occurred in the third period of Florida’s win in Minnesota on Jan. 20. A Panthers player threw a water bottle on the bench in frustration, dousing Kitchen, who allegedly kicked the player in response.