The Nashville Predators and NHL Players' Association released the following statements on Austin Watson, who on Wednesday was suspended 27 games by the NHL for unacceptable off-ice conduct.
"The Nashville Predators supported and worked closely with the National Hockey League investigation regarding Austin Watson. During his suspension, we wish Austin, Jenn and their baby the best as they take the necessary steps to move forward, with the support of the Nashville Predators, the NHL, the NHLPA, and all the collective resources they can provide. Our commitment to AMEND is the same today as it was when we partnered six years ago with the mission of making Nashville the safest city for girls and women. We will continue to evolve and grow our programming to work toward this shared objective."
"The NHLPA will be filing an appeal on behalf of Austin Watson."