Gary Bettman upholds Patrick Kaleta’s 10-game suspension

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Gary Bettman on Thursday upheld the 10-game suspension for Patrick Kaleta of the Buffalo Sabres, handed to him after he hit Jack Johnson of the Columbus Blue Jackets in the head earlier this month.

From the NHL:

Commissioner Gary Bettman today upheld the 10-game suspension that was assessed to Buffalo Sabres forward Patrick Kaleta by the Department of Player Safety for an illegal check to the head of Columbus Blue Jackets defenseman Jack Johnson in NHL Game No. 49 in Buffalo on October 10.

Commissioner Bettman heard Kaleta's appeal of the original decision, assessed Oct. 15, at a hearing in New York on Monday.

Kaleta is considered a repeat offender under the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement and, based on his average annual salary, will forfeit $152,439.00. The money goes to the Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund.

Here's the ruling:

A couple of interesting snippets from Bettman's dissertation, including on Kaleta's history with the department of player safety:

Kaleta has seven days to appeal this ruling to a neutral arbitrator.

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