Wednesday Dec. 3, 2008
NEW YORK (AP) -- NHL commissioner Gary Bettman has summoned Sean Avery to New York for a hearing tomorrow on remarks that resulted in the indefinite suspension of the Dallas Stars' instigator.
Bettman disciplined Avery yesterday for making "inappropriate public comments, not pertaining to the game." The punishment came down only hours after Avery used a crude term about his former girlfriends now dating other hockey players.
Avery missed last night's game against the Calgary Flames and will be held out of this evening's outing in Edmonton. The league does not have a timetable for when a decision would be made after the meeting.
Stars owner Tom Hicks says he "completely supports the league's decision to suspend Sean Avery." And he adds, "Had the league not have suspended him, the Dallas Stars would have."
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