Dennis Wideman to serve 20 game suspension

On Wednesday, January 27th, Calgary Flames defenseman Dennis Wideman was served with a 20 game suspension after he hit a linesman during play. This violated the NHL’s Rule 40 (Physical Abuse of Officials). Today, NHL commissioner Gary Bettman upheld the ruling after meeting with Wideman for an appeal on February 10th. The suspension will include the seven games already served by the 32 year old. In addition, under the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement, Wideman will be forced to forfeit $564,516.20 in salary, to be given to the Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund.

Wideman released an apology statement on Thursday, February 4th. In the statement he apologized to official, Donny Henderson and expressed his dissatisfaction with the decision to suspend him.

“I’m really disappointed with the decision in the length of the suspension. I did not have any intent at any time to hit the official or hurt him or anything like that. I would never do something like that. I’m pretty disappointed with the decision.” Said Wideman in the statement. In the statement the National Hockey League’s Players Association told their intent to appeal the decision. That appeal took place on Feb. 10th and was ultimately overruled.

Wideman began playing in Calgary in 2011 and has 2 goals and 17 assists this season in 48 games played.

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