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The True Details of the NHL's Historic 41-Game Suspension


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Hunter Bowman
October 26, 2023  (1:20 PM)
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In a historic decision, the NHL has levied a 41-game suspension on Ottawa Senators' restricted free agent (RFA) Shane Pinto, marking a pivotal moment in the league's history as the first instance of a player being penalized for sports gambling-related activity.

The NHL made its stance clear with this suspension, emphasizing its commitment to upholding the integrity of the game.
Although Pinto didn't bet on NHL games, the league's investigation found a connection between Pinto and a third-party or proxy bettor, raising concerns about sports wagering-related activities.
The investigation was initiated after integrity sweeps detected irregularities in Pinto's online gambling account in the United States, which was flagged by a league partner.
These checks unveiled Pinto's involvement in sports wagering through a proxy bettor, a tactic to evade NHL regulations.
The NHL, which strictly prohibits any form of betting on NHL games, has acted decisively by imposing a retroactive 41-game suspension on Pinto. This suspension reinforces the league's commitment to maintaining the sport's integrity.
In response, the Ottawa Senators expressed their support for the NHL's rules on gambling, emphasizing that Pinto's actions were regrettable but reaffirming their commitment to help him address his issues.
Pinto also issued a statement, apologizing to the NHL, the Senators, his teammates, fans, and his family. He took full responsibility for his actions and expressed his eagerness to return to the ice with his team.
The suspension is retroactive to the start of the Senators' season, making Pinto ineligible to sign with the team until he completes his suspension in January.
This unprecedented move by the NHL underscores the importance of maintaining the game's integrity and upholding the league's regulations.
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The True Details of the NHL's Historic 41-Game Suspension

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