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Predators' Austin Watson suspended 27 games after domestic assault arrest

Predators' Austin Watson suspended 27 games after domestic assault arrest
Published On: Thu, Sep 13
Mar 5, 2016; Denver, CO, USA; Nashville Predators left wing Austin Watson (51) skates with the puck against Colorado Avalanche defenseman Chris Bigras (3) in the second period at the Pepsi Center. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports

The NHL has suspendedA Nashville PredatorsA forwardA Austin WatsonA for the entire preseason and the first 27 games of the regular season, the leagueA announcedWednesday.

WatsonA pleaded no contestA to a domestic assault charge in late July after beingA arrestedA in June.

"I have determined that Nashville player Austin Watson engaged in a physical confrontation with his domestic partner," NHL commissioner Gary Bettman said in a statement. "(Wednesday's) ruling, while tailored to the specific facts of this case and the individuals involved, is necessary and consistent with the NHL's strongly held view that it cannot and will not tolerate this and similar types of conduct."

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