(The Sports activities Xchange) – Nationwide Hockey League commissioner Gary Bettman upheld the 10-game suspension given to Anaheim Geese ahead Antoine Vermette for slashing an official together with his stick throughout a recreation final week, the league introduced Saturday.
Vermette slapped his stick in opposition to the again legs of linesman Shandor Alphonso after dropping a faceoff to Minnesota’s Mikko Koivu in the course of the third interval of Anaheim’s 1-Zero victory on Feb. 14.
The 34-year-old Vermette violated Rule 40.three (bodily abuse of officers). The size of the suspension contains 4 video games already served.
Vermette met with Bettman throughout a listening to in New York on Thursday, pursuant to his enchantment of the suspension assessed on Feb. 16.
Vermette “exhibited honest regret each on the listening to and in his prior apology delivered to Mr. Alphonso,” the commissioner mentioned in his assertion.
“Whereas in a selected case, and one corresponding to this, the ten (10) recreation penalty could appear harsh, the aim of Rule 40 is to guard the Officers and make sure the integrity of the sport,” Bettman wrote.
“Subsequently, any inappropriate conduct by Gamers vis-a-vis Officers can’t be condoned or tolerated.”
Underneath phrases of the collective bargaining settlement and, primarily based on his common annual wage, Vermette will forfeit $97,222.22. The cash goes to the Gamers’ Emergency Help Fund.
Vermette has eight objectives and 14 assists over 58 video games in his first season with the Geese.
(Modifying by Andrew Each)