October 27, 2023 3 min read


Ottawa Senators’ Shane Pinto Suspended for 41 Games in NHL Gambling Ban

Pinto, a 22-year-old American, is the first modern-day NHL player to be banned for gambling, marking a significant moment in the league's history

The National Hockey League (NHL) has suspended Ottawa Senators forward Shane Pinto for 41 games due to his involvement in sports wagering activities

Pinto Apologizes as NHL Hands Down Half-Season Suspension

The NHL’s disciplinary action was taken after an extensive investigation into Pinto’s activities related to sports wagering. While there was no evidence that Pinto had placed bets on NHL games, the league deemed his actions severe enough to warrant a half-season suspension. The NHL, in accordance with its collective bargaining agreement, strictly prohibits gambling on any NHL game.

Expressing remorse for his actions, Pinto issued a public apology: “I want to apologize to the National Hockey League, the Ottawa Senators, my teammates, the fans and city of Ottawa and most importantly my family. I take full responsibility for my actions and look forward to getting back on the ice with my team.”

While Pinto is not appealing the suspension, the team and NHL Players’ Association have pledged to assist him during this challenging period. The suspension will last until Pinto signs a new contract, as he is currently an unsigned restricted free agent. Once eligible to return, the Senators have promised to welcome him back with open arms.

The Ottawa Senators Rally Behind NHL’s Anti-Gambling Rules

The Ottawa Senators organization released a statement affirming their support for the NHL’s anti-gambling rules: “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.” 

This decision by the NHL comes in the wake of a changing landscape regarding sports gambling in the United States. Since the Supreme Court’s legalization of sports wagering in 2018, professional leagues have grappled with the implications of this shift. The NHL, like other major sports organizations, remains steadfast in upholding the integrity of the game by enforcing strict anti-gambling policies.The NHL is not the only league shaken up by sports betting scandals.

The NFL recently introduced new gambling policies, imposing stricter penalties for players betting on league games, including a minimum one-year suspension and a two-year suspension for wagering on their own team after several players were found in violation of gambling rules. Match-fixing or manipulation attempts now result in a permanent ban, and providing insider information leads to an indefinite suspension.


Silvia has dabbled in all sorts of writing – from content writing for social media to movie scripts. She has a Bachelor's in Screenwriting and experience in marketing and producing documentary films. With her background as a customer support agent within the gambling industry, she brings valuable insight to the Gambling News writers’ team.

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