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Blue Jackets Suspend Hofmann After Leaving Team

The Columbus Blue Jackets suspended Gregory Hofmann for refusing to report back to the team after taking a leave of absence earlier this season.
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The Columbus Blue Jackets announced on Monday evening that the club has suspended forward Gregory Hofmann for refusing to report to the team. 

Hofmann, who came to Columbus from the Carolina Hurricanes via trade last season, was granted permission by the Blue Jackets to take a personal leave earlier this season and recently informed the team that he would not be returning. 

As Blue Jackets GM Jarmo Kekalainen explained in a statement released on the matter, "Obviously, we are disappointed, but we have no other recourse than to suspend him."

Hofmann signed a one-year contract with the Blue Jackets this past offseason. The 29-year-old spent the prior 11 seasons in Switzerland's NLA and suited up for the Swiss national team at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeong Chang, as well.

In 24 games with the Blue Jackets this season, Hofmann racked up two goals and five assists for seven points, averaging 12:30 in ice time per game. 

It's unclear what the next steps are for Hofmann's professional hockey career. But the one certainty is that it will not be spent in Columbus. 

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