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Antoine Vermette officially suspended 10 games for physical abuse of an official

The Ducks forward was given a game misconduct after slashing a referee with his stick.

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After a bizarre incident on Tuesday evening, Ducks forward Antoine Vermette has officially been suspended by the NHL for 10 games.

Complying with the league rulebook, Vermette was automatically suspended for taking a chop at the back of a referee’s legs during the Ducks game against the Wild in Minnesota.

On Thursday, the NHL officially enacted the suspension after a call with the NHLPA confirmed the abuse of officials game misconduct on Vermette.

Due to the 10-game suspension, Vermette will forfeit $97,222.22 of his salary.

Vermette and the NHLPA will appeal the decision, much like Dennis Wideman was able to do to knock his 20-game suspension down to 10.

Should Vermette’s appeal be denied, the next time he can be active for the Ducks is on March 12 for a game against the Capitals.