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You can’t fight city hall: Bettman upholds Bouchard suspension

Oct 10, 2011, 12:46 PM EDT

Gary Bettman AP

While the NHL has an appeal process for players who are suspended, Pierre-Marc Bouchard found out it doesn’t go too well when fighting for your right to play.

NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman upheld Brendan Shanahan’s initial ruling of a two-game suspension for Bouchard after his high sticking incident Saturday night. We can only imagine that Bouchard’s agent, Allan Walsh, is having a fit over this.

While Bouchard has no history of doing dirty things to opponents, in the NHL’s eyes he got too careless with his stick and that lack of responsibility resulted in injuries to Matt Calvert‘s face. The Wild will lose Bouchard for this afternoon’s game against the Islanders and Tuesday’s game against Ottawa.

  1. polegojim - Oct 11, 2011 at 12:31 AM

    For all you crying about this… Don’t SWING YOUR STICK NEAR ANOTHER PLAYERS HEAD or UPPER BODY.

    What a novel idea – stick control and thinking… combined in one motion. It doesn’t matter what the intent was.

    Sorry about shooting you in the face, my gun was pointed at your foot… a stick in the hands of a player on the ice is the same thing, and has been ruled as such for decades. Keep your tick down.

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