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NHLPA Files An Appeal On The Behalf Of Dennis Wideman

TORONTO (February 3, 2016): The National Hockey League Players’ Association (NHLPA) issued the following statement today regarding the National Hockey League’s (NHL) decision to suspend Dennis Wideman for 20 games:

“We strongly disagree with the League’s decision to suspend Dennis Wideman. Dennis has played in 11 NHL seasons and almost 800 games without incident. The facts, including the medical evidence presented at the hearing, clearly demonstrate that Dennis had no intention to make contact with the linesman. An appeal has been filed on the player’s behalf.”

added 7:33pm,

“We were informed earlier today that our player, Dennis Wideman, was suspended for contact with an official in last Wednesday’s game against Nashville. We disagree with the severity of today’s suspension ruling and maintain that Dennis’ collision with the linesman was unintentional and accidental. We agree that our officials’ safety and well-being is of extreme importance in order to allow them to perform their duties. They perform an invaluable but underappreciated role in our game. We support sanctions against players who make deliberate contact with any official. However, unintentional and accidental contact does occur at times in our game. We will have no further comment on the matter at this time.”

 Brian Burke

President of Hockey Operations

added below is the NHL explanation video of the suspension...

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Primis's avatar

“The facts, including the medical evidence presented at the hearing, clearly demonstrate that Dennis had no intention to make contact with the linesman.”

Ruh-roh…  “medical evidence”?

Sounds like the NHLPA is goinh where the NHL doesn’t want it to go… buckle up folks.

Posted by Primis on 02/03/16 at 07:55 PM ET

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While he might have been confused as to who he was making contact with, he had every intention of making contact and shoving “someone” into the boards.  There is zero video evidence of accidental contact.

On the other end of the spectrum, if this is a concussion related incident, the NHL needs to face sanctions of some kind for not taking action against Calgary for letting Wideman finish the game.  Its pretty clear that the NHL has no intention of dealing with the concussion issue in any serious manner.

Posted by Hootinani from the parade following Babs out of town on 02/03/16 at 09:54 PM ET

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While he might have been confused as to who he was making contact with, he had every intention of making contact and shoving “someone” into the boards.

I don’t think anyone thinks he didn’t put his stick up on purpose.

If he thought it was a player, then at worst he might have expected two minutes for cross-checking or interference, but he ends up up getting twenty games.

Imagine that you get hit, get a concussion and then you’re told by your employer that for some reason you have to pay half a million dollars for it…

Posted by Garth on 02/03/16 at 11:32 PM ET

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Imagine you get pissed at the ref, bang your stick on the ice, skate halfway across the ice staring at the linesman, slam him face-down into the ice, step over him, and don’t look back.  And don’t own up.  And your boss lies for you in an appeal.

Straight joke.  There is a video of it.  Imagine that your cousin doesn’t know Wideman personally and just watch the video.

Posted by tuxedoTshirt from the Home of the 1937 World Champions on 02/04/16 at 01:58 AM ET

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Posted by tuxedoTshirt from the Home of the 1937 World Champions on 02/04/16 at 12:58 AM ET

You’ve got quite the imagination.

Posted by Mistercristo from Cameron Frye's garage, circa 1987 on 02/04/16 at 04:13 AM ET

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Imagine you get pissed at the ref, bang your stick on the ice, skate halfway across the ice staring at the linesman, slam him face-down into the ice, step over him, and don’t look back.  And don’t own up.  And your boss lies for you in an appeal.

I’m trying to imagine anyone coming to that conclusion based on the video and the only thing I can come up with is that they must have had a head injury themself.

Posted by Garth on 02/04/16 at 08:36 AM ET

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I’m trying to imagine anyone coming to that conclusion based on the video and the only thing I can come up with is that they must have had a head injury themself.

Posted by Garth on 02/04/16 at 07:36 AM ET

Why? Because someone does not agree with your interpretation of something?

Posted by George0211 on 02/04/16 at 09:03 AM ET

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Posted by Garth on 02/04/16 at 07:36 AM ET

No, if that had happened, they would appreciate the deleterious effects of a head injury rather than assuming so much about Wideman’s thought process.

Why? Because someone does not agree with your interpretation of something?

Posted by George0211 on 02/04/16 at 08:03 AM ET

No, because both of your interpretations are speculation and mitigation in a culmination of indignation.


*Yawn*  This topic now bores me (until the appeal).  I’ve written enough.  Reality and facts are being willfully ignored.  On to more entertaining activities like house breaking a puppy and calling Comcast.

Good day, all.

Posted by Mistercristo from Cameron Frye's garage, circa 1987 on 02/04/16 at 11:07 AM ET

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