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NHL suspends Ottawa Senators forward Shane Pinto 41 games for gambling

By The Canadian Press on October 26, 2023.

Ottawa Senators center Shane Pinto (57) looks to pass during the second period of an NHL hockey game against the New York Rangers, Thursday, March 2, 2023, in New York. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP/John Minchillo

NEW YORK – Ottawa Senators forward Shane Pinto has been suspended 41 games by the NHL for “activities relating to sports wagering,” the league announced Thursday.

The NHL said in a statement it found no evidence Pinto made any wagers on its games. The league added it “considers this matter closed, absent the emergence of new information.”

The 22-year-old Pinto is an unsigned restricted free agent and has yet to play this season because of a contract impasse with the team.

Gambling is only mentioned once in the NHL’s collective bargaining agreement with the NHL Players’ Association – “Gambling on any NHL Game is prohibited.”

The document also empowers commissioner Gary Bettman to discipline players for off-ice conduct.

Selected by Ottawa in the second round of the 2019 draft, Pinto had 20 goals and 35 points in his first full NHL campaign in 2023-24.

The Franklin Square, N.Y., native, who spent two seasons at the University of North Dakota, has 21 goals and 22 assists for 43 points in 99 career games with the Senators. Pinto missed most of the 2021-22 schedule with a shoulder injury.

The NHL, a number of its teams, and a host of star players – including Connor McDavid and Auston Matthews – have high-profile sponsorship deals with gambling websites.

NHL great Wayne Gretzky has also appeared in betting ads.

Pinto is viewed as an important piece for the Senators as the club’s third-line centre. Ottawa, which is 3-3-0 to start the season, was set to visit the New York Islanders on Thursday night.

The NFL has suspended a handful of players for gambling violations in recent years.

Calvin Ridley, now a receiver with the Jacksonville Jaguars, was banned for the entire 2022 season for betting on games while he was away from football at the tail end of the 2021 campaign.

This report by The Canadian Press on Oct. 26, 2023.

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