Chad Johnson (ice hockey)

NHL: Predators' Austin Watson suspended 27 games for domestic abuse

NHL: Predators' Austin Watson suspended 27 games for domestic abuse

Predators forward Austin Watson has been suspended without pay for the entire preseason and first 27 games of the regular season for domestic abuse.

Commissioner Gary Bettman handed down the suspension Wednesday after an investigation and a hearing with Watson last week. Watson pleaded no contest in July to a charge of domestic assault stemming from an incident in June, and the NHL found Watson engaged in unacceptable off-ice conduct.

“I have determined that Nashville Player Austin Watson engaged in a physical confrontation with his domestic partner,” Bettman said in a statement. “Today's ruling, while tailored to the specific facts of this case and the individuals involved,...

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