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NHL upholds 10-game suspension for Ducks center Antoine Vermette

NHL upholds 10-game suspension for Ducks center Antoine Vermette

Antoine Vermette’s 10-game suspension for abuse of an official was upheld, the NHL announced Saturday.

The Ducks center appealed the suspension for the Feb.14 incident, but NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman sustained it following a hearing Thursday. It’s believed the NHL and the Players’ Assn. were willing to reduce the suspension, but the NHL Officials Assn. disagreed and the punishment remained in place.

Vermette slapped a linesman with the blade of his stick in the third period against the Minnesota Wild after he appeared upset that the puck was dropped early on a faceoff. He was ejected from the game.

"First and foremost, I have great respect for the officials and...

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