Predators' Austin Watson, suspended for domestic violence, on ice for opening ceremony

Austin Watson was permitted to take part in Nashville’s pregame introductions during the team’s home opener Tuesday despite his suspension.

The Predators forward, serving a 27-game ban for a domestic violence incident stemming from a June 16 altercation, was on the ice with his teammates in full uniform ahead of Nashville’s 3-0 loss to the Flames. 

Watson’s appearance didn’t sit well with some fans and drew plenty of criticism on Twitter.

Watson was suspended Sept. 12 following an investigation by the league and an in-person hearing in New York on Sept. 7 to determine the relevant facts and circumstances relating to the incident involving Watson and his domestic partner.

The altercation ultimately resulted in Watson pleading no contest to a charge of domestic assault on July 24.

The NHL Players Association later announced it would appeal the suspension.