The NHL has been treading cautiously with its gambling and wagering policy, making sure to uphold the integrity of the game while navigating the legal landscape surrounding sports betting.
As of late 2023, there are still “very few rules on the books” relating to gambling, with the main stipulation being a prohibition against betting on NHL games.
NHL is reinforcing its gambling policy among players, marked by Shane Pinto’s suspension
A significant incident highlighted the league’s stance when Ottawa Senators forward Shane Pinto was suspended for 41 games due to activities related to sports wagering. This marked a milestone as Pinto became the first modern-day NHL player to be suspended for such activities.
The NHL made a public statement regarding Pinto’s suspension, underlining that their investigation found no evidence of Pinto wagering on NHL games specifically.
While the exact mechanism of notifying players about the gambling/wagering policy hasn’t been detailed in the sources, the public handling of Pinto’s case serves as a clear message to all players regarding the league’s policy on gambling.
Moreover, the league’s close relationship with legal gambling websites, including advertising within games, juxtaposed with the suspension of Pinto, underlines the fine line that players need to tread carefully.