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Ottawa Senator Shane Pinto suspended for sports betting

The young forward has been suspended for 41 games by the NHL for "activities relating to sports wagering." Details are scarce, but the team says he has their support.

Details scarce but league says no evidence Pinto, 22, bet on NHL games

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Ottawa Senators forward Shane Pinto has been suspended for 41 games by the NHL for "activities relating to sports wagering."

"The League's investigation found no evidence that Pinto made any wagers on NHL games," the league said in a short Thursday afternoon memo.

It did not share any more details and said it considered the matter closed.

The Senators sent a separate statement that included an apology from Pinto to the league, team, city and his family.

"I take full responsibility for my actions and look forward to getting back on the ice with my team," he said in the statement.

The Senators called Pinto a valued member of the team who made unspecified poor decisions.

"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," the statement said.

"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."

Hasn't played yet this season

Pinto, 22, has played 99 games over three seasons with Ottawa, who chose him in the second round of the draft in 2019. He played all 82 games for Ottawa last season earning 20 goals and 15 assists.

He is currently a restricted free agent whose rights belong to Ottawa, but does not have a contract and has not played this season.

Ottawa is visiting the New York Islanders tonight.

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