Bettman: Suspension was unfortunate

NEW YORK -- 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.