LA Kings defenseman Slava Voynov’s
Photo: Redondo Beach Police Department
LOS ANGELES — Back on October 8, when the Los Angeles Kings
opened their 2014-15 National Hockey League
season at Staples Center
in Los Angeles, NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman
held an informal press conference, discussing the state of the league.
Towards the end of the press conference, Bettman was asked about the league’s policies on domestic violence incidents, in light of the National Football League’s abhorrent practices and policies involving incidents of domestic violence, most notably, the Ray Rice incident.
“That’s something we’ve been doing with the [National Hockey League] Players Association for more than a decade,” Bettman replied. “We, as a league, have more than enough authority and mechanisms to punish, if necessary, in the appropriate case, of which we haven’t seen too many. But more importantly, we focus on counseling and education, and in the joint programs we have with the players association, we’ve been counseling and educating on domestic violence for more than a decade, probably well [over] a decade. I don’t remember the exact date.”
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