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.