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Ducks center Antoine Vermette suspended 10 games for abuse of official

Ducks center Antoine Vermette suspended 10 games for abuse of official

The Ducks will be without one of their best faceoff men, a trusted veteran,  as they begin a long-awaited home stint.

Center Antoine Vermette was suspended 10 games for abuse of an official, the NHL announced Thursday, but Vermette will appeal the first suspension of his 12-year career. He will have an in-person hearing with NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman, followed by a hearing with an independent arbitrator. Bettman could then sustain, increase or decrease the suspension.

If the 10-game ban holds, Vermette would forfeit $97,222.22 in salary and be eligible to return on March 12.

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