PREDA­TOR SUS­PENDED 27 GAMES

Calgary Herald - - SPORTS -

Preda­tors for­ward Austin Wat­son has been sus­pended with­out pay for the en­tire pre­sea­son and first 27 games of the reg­u­lar sea­son for do­mes­tic abuse.

NHL com­mis­sioner Gary Bettman handed down the sus­pen­sion Wed­nes­day af­ter an in­ves­ti­ga­tion and a hear­ing with Wat­son last week. Wat­son pleaded no con­test in July to a charge of do­mes­tic as­sault stem­ming from an in­ci­dent in June. The NHL found Wat­son en­gaged in un­ac­cept­able off-ice con­duct. Bettman says he has de­ter­mined Wat­son en­gaged in a phys­i­cal con­fronta­tion with his do­mes­tic part­ner. The com­mis­sioner added the league can­not and will not tol­er­ate this and sim­i­lar types of con­duct.

The NHL does not have a writ­ten do­mes­tic abuse pol­icy and judges each in­ci­dent sep­a­rately. Slava Voynov is still sus­pended in­def­i­nitely for a 2014 in­ci­dent.

Austin Wat­son

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