Real Info Exposed Regarding NHL's 41-Game Sports Betting Suspension

Published October 26, 2023 at 1:13 PM

NHL's Historic 41-Game Suspension: Unveiling the Why-Factor

Today, the NHL made history by imposing a 41-game suspension on Ottawa Senators' restricted free agent (RFA) Shane Pinto. This marks the first-ever suspension in NHL history related to sports gambling.

Integrity sweeps, which uncovered a concerning connection between Pinto and a third-party or proxy bettor, sparked the league's investigation into Pinto's actions. This association indicated that Pinto had someone else place bets on his behalf, a strategy seemingly employed to avoid detection and circumvent the NHL's strict regulations.

League sources say Pinto's online gambling account in the United States was flagged by a company that is a partner of the league because of unusual activity, and it contacted the NHL's head office recently. #Sens

The NHL's unwavering stance on sports gambling, as emphasized in a March 2022 memo, categorically prohibits any form of betting on NHL games, regardless of its legality in specific regions. Engaging in such activities is considered dishonorable and harmful to the league and the sport of hockey.

As a result of these findings, the NHL took unprecedented action, suspending Shane Pinto for an extensive 41 games. This historic decision underscores the league's commitment to upholding its policies and preserving the integrity of the game.

Sens and Pinto issue statements

Statement from the Ottawa Senators

«We were made aware of the National Hockey League investigation into this matter and additional information was made available to the club upon the completion of the league's investigation yesterday.

Shane is a valued member of our hockey club; an engaging, intelligent young man who made poor decisions that have resulted in a suspension by the National Hockey League. We know he is remorseful for his mistakes.

The Ottawa Senators fully support the NHL's rules on gambling. While saddened to learn of this issue, the entire organization remains committed to Shane and will work together to do what is necessary to help provide the support to allow him to address his issues and become a strong contributor to our community.

When the time is right and with the league's blessing, we will welcome him back to the organization and embrace him as one of our own.»

Statement from Shane Pinto

«I want to apologize to the National Hockey League, the Ottawa Senators, my teammates, the fans and city of Ottawa and most importantly my family. I take full responsibility for my actions and look forward to getting back on the ice with my team.»

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Real Info Exposed Regarding NHL's 41-Game Sports Betting Suspension

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