Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Dennis Wideman Appeal Hearing Lasts Six and a Half Hours

Today's appeal proceedings on the Dennis Wideman suspension lasted six and a half hours as important figures from the NHL (Commissioner Gary Bettman, Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly and Senior Executive Vice President of Hockey Operations Colin Campbell) the NHL's Officials Union (Director of Officiating Stephen Walkom and injured lineseman Don Henderson, the Flames (G.M. Brad Treliving), the NHL Players Union as well as concussion specialists from both sides met in New York.

The Good News about Wideman Incedent? A Closer Look at Concussions

Wideman was suspended for 20 games for abuse of an official, but the suspension is being appealed on the grounds that Wideman and the Flames disagree with the NHL on whether or not their was intent to injure. According to ESPN, the NHLPA maintains that Wideman was concussed just prior to the incident and that he was cognitively impaired.

NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman is expected to take a few days to make a decision. Even if he reduces the suspension, if he does not lower the length of the suspension to below six games, Wideman can then appeal to a neutral arbitrator.