October 17, 1997 12:00 AM

Hockey star Marty McSorley, convicted of assault in a Canadian court for hitting another player over the head during a 1999 game, was given a one year suspension yesterday, the longest suspension for an on-ice act of violence in NHL history, reports the Associated Press. He will remain suspended through Feb. 20. “I have also considered Mr. McSorley’s desire to have an opportunity to play in the NHL again in conjunction with his expressed remorse for his actions,” NHL commissioner Gary Bettman said.

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