Suspension Stands In NHL’s Wideman Challenge

Law360, New York (March 16, 2017, 2:24 PM EDT) -- A New York federal judge confirmed an arbitrator’s decision to reduce a player’s suspension for hitting a referee after sustaining a concussion, finding Wednesday that the National Hockey League did not show the arbitrator overstepped his bounds.

After arbitrator James Oldham had reduced Calgary Flames defenseman Dennis Wideman’s suspension from 20 games to 10, the NHL argued that Oldham issued his own opinion rather than decide whether the evidence supported NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman’s action. But U.S. District Judge Alison J. Nathan said Wednesday that the...
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