Commissioner Gary Bettman announced on Tuesday that Henry Samueli, owner of the Anaheim Ducks, has been suspended indefinitely from any involvement with the Ducks and the National Hockey League.
On Monday, Mr. Samueli pleaded guilty to one count of making a false statement to the Securities and Exchange Commission. Sentencing by the U.S. Federal District Court is scheduled for August 18. Following sentencing, the League will review Mr. Samueli's status and will finalize the duration of his suspension as well as any other action that may be deemed appropriate.
''I respect the decision made by Commissioner Bettman and will abide by the terms of the suspension,'' Samueli said in a statement. ''I'm confident the team will be in great hands in my absence.''
During his suspension, Mr. Samueli may not be involved in Club matters or activities. Michael Schulman, current alternate governor, will serve as the Club's governor and will be responsible for managing the operations of the Club, reporting to the Commissioner.
''As an organization, we continue to support Henry 100 percent,'' said Schulman. ''Our goals and day-to-day operational structure remain the same. We expect to compete for another Stanley Cup championship this season and will continue to play an active role in our community.''
In the event Mr. Schulman determines that the Club needs financial assistance from ownership, or raises any other issue that might need ownership involvement, he shall communicate that need to the Commissioner, who then will make the appropriate arrangements.
"While Mr. Samueli has been an exemplary owner, we hold NHL personnel to the highest standards and this plea requires the imposition of discipline under League rules," Commissioner Bettman said.
Mrs. Susan Samueli, co-owner of the Ducks, has advised the League that, in support of her husband and to avoid any possible improper appearance, she intends to abide by the terms of her husband's suspension.
''In support of my husband and to avoid any improper appearance, I've notified the league of my intention to abide by the terms of Henry's suspension,'' said Susan Samueli. ''Although we will not be involved in decision-making, we will be cheering on our Ducks as loudly as ever.''