NHL Says Arbitrator Overstepped In Cutting Wideman's Ban

By Zachary Zagger (August 29, 2016, 5:31 PM EDT) -- The National Hockey League told a New York federal court Friday that the neutral arbitrator who cut in half Calgary Flames defenseman Dennis Wideman's 20-game suspension for striking a referee overreached by drawing his own conclusions on Wideman's intent, as the league seeks to overturn the arbitrator's decision.

NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman slapped Wideman with a 20-game suspension this year for an incident in which Wideman knocked a linesman to the ice with his stick during a game in January, but a neutral arbitrator, James Oldham, a Georgetown Law professor, later ruled that Wideman was dazed from a concussion he suffered...

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