March 28, 2019
The Western Hockey League announced today two player suspensions arising from incidents that occurred in playoff games last night.
Sean Richards of the Seattle Thunderbirds has been suspended indefinitely for a checking-from-behind major penalty and game misconduct, which occurred in Seattle versus Vancouver Giants.
“Player safety is the first priority for the WHL at all times,” commented WHL Commissioner Ron Robison.
“The WHL will continue to take a strong position in dealing with checking-from-behind penalties and players classified as repeat offenders. As Sean Richards has been suspended previously, the WHL Director, Player Safety is undergoing a complete review of this latest incident at this time.”
Richards was assessed a five-minute major penalty and a game misconduct for checking from behind at the 4:16 mark of the first period of Seattle’s 4-3 win versus Vancouver on Wednesday, March 27, which was Game 4 of the best-of-seven first-round series between the Thunderbirds and Giants.
The series is now tied at 2-2, after a dramatic 4-3 come from behind performance by the Thunderbirds in the game last night. The Giants had held a 3-0 lead early in the second.
In a second incident last night, the league announced that Kody McDonald of the Victoria Royals has been suspended indefinitely for receiving a match penalty, which occurred in Kamloops.
Kamloops scored three unanswered in the third to win 6-3, and tie up the series at 2-2.
There will be no further comment until the WHL Director, Player Safety completes a full review of the incident.