By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
Ottawa Senators restricted free agent Shane Pinto will miss a huge part of the season. And no, it is not due to a serious injury.
Instead, the 22-year-old has been suspended by the league. Pinto has violated the league’s sports wagering policy.
The NHL said that he did not wager on NHL games.
“I want to apologize to the NHL, the Ottawa Senators, my teammates, the fans and city of Ottawa and most importantly my family, ” Pinto said. “I take full responsibility for my actions and look forward to getting back on the ice with my team.”
Pinto was the second overall pick by the Senators in the 2019 NHL Entry Draft.
He has played for the Senators for parts of three seasons. He played in a career-high 82 games during the 2022-23 season.
In 99 NHL games, he has scored 21 goals. He has 43 points in his career.
“We were made aware of the National Hockey League investigation into this matter and additional information was made available to the club upon the completion of the league’s investigation yesterday,” the Senators said. “Shane is a valued member of our hockey club; an engaging, intelligent young man who made poor decisions that have resulted in a suspension by the National Hockey League. We know he is remorseful for his mistakes.
“The Ottawa Senators fully support the NHL’s rules on gambling. While saddened to learn of this issue, the entire organization remains committed to Shane and will work together to do what is necessary to help provide the support to allow him to address his issues and become a strong contributor to our community. When the time is right and with the league’s blessing, we will welcome him back to the organization and embrace him as one of our own.”© 2007-2023 The Capital Sports Report. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcasted, rewritten, or redistributed.