Predators forward Austin Watson was suspended 27 games by the NHL Wednesday for “unacceptable off-ice conduct,” the league announced.
Commissioner Gary Bettman issued the suspension following an investigation by the League and an in-person hearing in New York on Friday, Sept. 7 to determine the relevant facts and circumstances relating to a June 16, 2018, incident involving Watson and his domestic partner.
The incident ultimately resulted in Watson pleading no contest to a charge of domestic assault on July 24, 2018.
“I have determined that Nashville player Austin Watson engaged in a physical confrontation with his domestic partner,” Bettman said. “Today’s ruling, while tailored to the specific facts of this case and the individuals involved, is necessary and consistent with the NHL’s strongly held view that it cannot and will not tolerate this and similar types of conduct.”
The NHL Players Association announced it would appeal the suspension.
Watson, 26, has played four seasons in the NHL after he was selected in the first round of the 2010 Draft. He has 47 career points and 23 career goals.