NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Predators ahead Austin Watson has been suspended with out pay for all the preseason and first 27 games of the common season for domestic abuse.
Commissioner Gary Bettman handed down the suspension Wednesday after an investigation and a listening to with Watson final week. Watson pleaded no contest in July to a cost of domestic assault stemming from an incident in June, and the NHL discovered Watson engaged in unacceptable off-ice conduct.
“I have determined that Nashville Player Austin Watson engaged in a physical confrontation with his domestic partner,” Bettman stated in a press release. “Today’s ruling, while tailored to the specific facts of this case and the individuals involved, is necessary and consistent with the NHL’s strongly held view that it cannot and will not tolerate this and similar types of conduct.”
The NHL doesn’t have a written domestic abuse policy and has chosen to guage every incident individually. Slava Voynov is at present nonetheless suspended indefinitely for a 2014 incident.
The NHL Players Association introduced Wednesday night time that it will likely be submitting an attraction on Watson’s behalf.
Watson, 26, was charged in an incident June 16 along with his girlfriend after a witness flagged down a police officer to a gasoline station in Franklin, Tennessee. Watson informed police he and his girlfriend have been arguing and that he pushed her. Officers stated they discovered pink marks on her chest, and she or he stated Watson brought about them. Watson pleaded no contest to domestic assault on July 24 .
The Nashville Predators issued a press release that the team supported and labored intently with the league investigation into Watson. The franchise additionally reiterated its assist for AMEND, a program designed to show males and boys how one can help finish violence towards ladies and kids.
“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,” the Predators stated. “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.”
The Predators gained the President’s Trophy final season with Watson scoring 14 goals and including 5 assists, and he tied for fifth in scoring within the postseason with eight factors in 13 games as Nashville lost the Western Conference semifinals to Winnipeg in seven games. Watson was a first-round draft choose in 2010 by Nashville at No. 18 total.
Watson now can be eligible to return Dec. three when Nashville hosts Buffalo, the Predators’ 28th game of the season.
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