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NHLPA Will Appeal Dennis Wideman Decision

TORONTO (February 17, 2016): The National Hockey League Players’ Association (NHLPA) issued the following statement this evening regarding the National Hockey League’s (NHL) decision to uphold Dennis Wideman’s suspension for 20 games:

“We are extremely disappointed but not surprised that Gary Bettman upheld the decision of his staff to suspend Dennis Wideman for 20 games. This decision completely ignores the effects of the concussion that Dennis sustained when he was driven into the boards eight seconds before colliding with the linesman. We will appeal to the Neutral Discipline Arbitrator in order to have this decision overturned.”

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WingedRider's avatar

NHLPA how are you going to explain Wideman staying on the bench and no concussion protocol??  Amazing how these lawyers, oops I mean Sports Management are really not very bright.  This appeal will cost how much ???

Posted by WingedRider from Saskatoon, SK on 02/17/16 at 11:23 PM ET


NHLPA how are you going to explain Wideman staying on the bench and no concussion protocol??

How are you going to explain that it’s the NHLPA’s responsibility tore move him from the bench?  It is the league’s responsibility to make sure the teams follow the concussion protocol.

Posted by Garth on 02/17/16 at 11:45 PM ET

Mistercristo's avatar

When is the appeal?

Posted by Mistercristo from Cameron Frye's garage, circa 1987 on 02/18/16 at 12:07 AM ET

Slumpy's avatar

The arbitrator is paid by both parties equaling from my experience working under a CBA but not sure under sports CBA’s
This is why sport leagues have unions. Grievances, appeals and arbitration when the players feel they are being wronged just like employees in the workforce.
500grr+ is a lot to lose for anybody so I can’t blame him for fighting this.

Posted by Slumpy from Under My Wheels on 02/18/16 at 01:14 AM ET

Hootinani's avatar

Don’t know if anyone read Bettman’s decision, but the “expert” concussion witness was anything but, and did more damage to Wideman’s case than good.  It also didn’t help that WIdeman whined to a teammate about how this suspension was only because of the refs and the media, taking no responsibility himself..

Posted by Hootinani from the parade following Babs out of town on 02/18/16 at 09:38 AM ET


20 games… When radko fuching gudas gets nothing? I know two different situations blah blah blah blah.. whatever. Wideman is (was) a class act. And gudas injures players all the time. I think he’ll probably get 10-15 games. 20 is too much and they should appeal it.

Posted by Pasha1277 on 02/18/16 at 09:50 AM ET

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