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Bettman upholds Kaleta's 10-game suspension

Thursday, 10.24.2013 / 1:39 PM / News
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Bettman upholds Kaleta's 10-game suspension
NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman upholds 10-game suspension for Buffalo Sabres forward Patrick Kaleta.

NEW YORK -- Commissioner Gary Bettman today upheld the 10-game suspension that was assessed to Buffalo Sabres forward Patrick Kaleta by the Department of Player Safety for an illegal check to the head of Columbus Blue Jackets defenseman Jack Johnson in NHL Game No. 49 in Buffalo on October 10.

Commissioner Bettman heard Kaleta's appeal of the original decision, assessed Oct. 15, at a hearing in New York on Monday.

Kaleta is considered a repeat offender under the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement and, based on his average annual salary, will forfeit $152,439.00. The money goes to the Players' Emergency Assistance Fund.

The incident occurred at 3:08 of the first period.

Click here to view Commissioner's complete ruling (PDF)

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