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by Staff Writer / New York Islanders

“Our focus remains on Chris Simon the person, not the player”

The National Hockey League announced today that Islanders forward Chris Simon has been suspended 30 games for his actions in Saturday night’s game between the Islanders and Pittsburgh Penguins.

The Islanders released the following statement this morning from general manager Garth Snow:

“Since Saturday night, the focus of the New York Islanders has been on Chris Simon the person, not him as a player or on his place in our lineup. As we announced on Monday, the Islanders are going to provide Chris the time and support that he needs for counseling. For Chris right now, hockey must be secondary to the priority of taking care of himself.

“Chris has played 15 seasons in the National Hockey League, has won a Stanley Cup and just as importantly has won the respect of his teammates. He is an Islander, deserves our compassion, and we ask that all Islanders fans join us in supporting Chris every step of the way.”

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