NHL Dismisses Arbitrator Who Cut Wideman Suspension

By Zachary Zagger (July 20, 2016, 5:24 PM EDT) -- The NHL has dismissed the independent arbitrator who knocked a 20-game suspension in half for Calgary Flames defenseman Dennis Wideman for striking a referee, a ruling in which the arbitrator had said Wideman did not have the requisite intent to injure since he was suffering from the effects of a hit to the head just moments beforehand.

James Oldham, a Georgetown Law professor, confirmed to Law360 Wednesday that he was discharged as the neutral discipline arbitrator, saying he received notice on June 30. Oldham issued a decision in March reducing Wideman's unpaid suspension, overturning a ruling by NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman to...

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