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Partial text of Gary Bettman's ruling

Updated: August 8, 2005, 6:13 PM ET
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Below is the partial text of NHL commissioner Gary Bettman's ruling on Todd Bertuzzi's reinstatement:

As an initial matter, I should note there is a broad spectrum within which I can render an opinion on the appropriate length of Mr. Bertuzzi's suspension. I certainly am aware that no matter what and when I decide, there probably will be critics and supporters. However, my decision is made strictly on the basis of what I believe is the right result for the game of hockey and Mr. Bertuzzi, ...

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