Hit on official costs Wideman 20 games

– The NHL suspended Calgary Flames defenseman Dennis Wideman 20 games on Wednesday for cross-checking a linesman last week during a game.

Wideman was suspended for violating the league rule on physical abuse of officials after he struck linesman Don Henderson and knocked him down during the Flames' game against Nashville on Jan. 27. The 32-year-old will forfeit $564,516 in salary.

Wideman had a hearing with the NHL's department of hockey operations Tuesday that included representatives from the Players' Association and NHL Officials Association. The NHLPA announced Wednesday it had filed an appeal.

"Wideman did not merely bump into or collide with the linesman," the NHL said in a video explaining its decision. "He delivered a forceful blow that was no accident."


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