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BREAKING: Dennis Wideman 20 game suspension upheld by NHL commissioner Gary Bettman

And there it is...

Sergei Belski-USA TODAY Sports

Dennis Wideman, who has already missed 7 games in his initial 20 game suspension for hitting a ref, will miss the remaining 13 games.

Commissioner of the NHL, Gary Bettman, has decided to uphold the original 20 game suspension handed to Widemen after a nasty hit on a ref during the January 27th game against the Nashville Predators. After being handed the 20 game sentence, Wideman appealed to Bettman in New York on February 10th. After a week, Bettman has finally decided that Wideman will indeed serve his full punishment (the past 7 games included in the suspension).

Here's the official NHL Public Relations twitter announcement,

Wideman has the option to file for independent arbitration now and I don't know whether or not to expect him to. By the time independent arbitration goes through, Wideman might already have served his 20 game suspension.

For now, we wait to hear if he does or not. We'll have all the updates as they happen.

UPDATE: According to Pat Steinberg on twitter, the NHLPA has decided to take the appeal to an independent arbitrator because they feel the NHL has not considered the concussion issue strongly enough.