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Another NHL player admits to betting on the game, could he face a 41 game suspension?

Published February 7, 2024 at 2:44 PM
BY SAM
Earlier this season, way back in October Ottawa Senators forward Shane Pinto, who was a restricted free agent at the time, was suspended 41 games for violating the National Hockey League's sports gambling policy. Another prominent NHLer has admitted to putting money on the table at the Allstar skills competition, could he face the same punishment? It would certainly seem like there's a chance.

According to Mark Masters of TSN, New York Islanders forward Matt Barzal admitted to putting money on the table as an extra incentive on the accuracy competition against Toronto Maple Leaf superstar, Auston Matthews; take a look.


Barzal helped Matthews prep for shooting accuracy event


"Threw $100 on it. Yeah, probably not the best bet for me to go head-to-head with him in a shooting competition. He's a student of the game. I love the game as well so we were just messing around"

As innocent as it seems, Barzal openly admitting to put money on the board during the skills competition puts how strict the sports gambling policy actually is, given the fact that Pinto was suspended even though he didn't bet on any games.

I highly doubt the NHL does anything about this, but it certainly seems like something Barzal could be suspended for.
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February 7   |   875 answers
Another NHL player admits to betting on the game, could he face a 41 game suspension?

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They should, but they won't18821.5 %
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