NHL Suspends Dennis Wideman 20 Games For Cross-Checking Linesman

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Photo via Jan 11, 2016; Calgary, Alberta, CAN; Calgary Flames defenseman Dennis Wideman (6) controls the puck against the San Jose Sharks during the third period at Scotiabank Saddledome. San Jose Sharks won 5-4. Mandatory Credit: Sergei Belski-USA TODAY Sports

The NHL stood up for its officials Wednesday by suspending Calgary Flames defenseman Dennis Wideman for 20 games after he cross-checked a linesman into the boards during a Jan. 27 game.

Wideman was skating toward the Flames bench in the second period of that game against the Nashville Predators when he found linesman Don Henderson in his path. Instead of moving around Henderson, Wideman cross-checked him from behind.

Wideman’s suspension is the second-longest ban in league history for abusing an official. He will forfeit $564,516.13 in salary as a result of the suspension.

Thumbnail photo via Sergei Belski/USA TODAY Sports Images

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