Bettman: Samueli’s suspension ‘regrettable’

NHL commissioner Gary Bettman says it’s “regrettable” that the

league suspended Henry Samueli as owner of the Anaheim Ducks after

he pleaded guilty last year to lying to investigators in a stock

option backdating probe.

A federal judge in Santa Ana, Calif., vacated Samueli’s guilty

plea earlier this week after the judge found no evidence of

wrongdoing.

Bettman said in a statement Friday that it was unfortunate that

Samueli had to endure the suspension as owner of the Ducks. The

suspension was lifted Nov. 12, before Samueli’s plea was

vacated.

The co-founder of the Irvine, Calif.-based chipmaker Broadcom

Corp. was suspended indefinitely from any involvement with the

Ducks and the NHL in June 2008.