Here’s what NHL commissioner Gary Bettman said about domestic violence early this month

Here’s what NHL commisioner Gary Bettman had to say when asked about domestic violence earlier this month:

“We as a league have more than enough authority and mechanisms to punish, if necessary, in the appropriate case. Fortunately 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, I don’t remember the exact date,” he said. “The security department does it in their annual meetings with each team, and the behavioral counselors from the substance abuse, behavioral health program also counsel and educate the players on those and many other issues.

“So I’m not sure for us there is any need for any code of conduct other than our players, who overwhelming conduct themselves magnificently off the ice — we deal with it on a case by case basis. I don’t think we need to formalize anything more. Our players know what’s right and wrong, and as I said, we have the mechanisms in place to hopefully not get to that point.”

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It’s official: the Kings will host the Ducks at Dodger Stadium next season

It’s time for hockey at Dodger Stadium. The Kings and Ducks will play Jan. 25 on the field made famous by Dodgers greats like Sandy Koufax, Steve Garvey, Fernando Valenzuela and Matt Kemp, the NHL announced Monday. The game will be part of the NHL’s Stadium Series, the first regular-season game contested outdoors in Southern California. The game will be played at 7 p.m., in order to ensure the best possible ice conditions.

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