I don’t recall seeing a 21-game suspension, altough I’m sure there have been a few as long or longer. The ECHL threw the book at Pelss today, going into some detail about the reason for it:
- In the first period of the game, Pelss delivered a two-handed, forceful slash, behind the play, to the face of an unsuspecting opponent, causing an injury. He is fined and suspended under Rule #28 – Supplementary Discipline.
I don’t see any video of the event, and this happened a few days ago so it should be up by now if someone caught it on video. Pelss is not considered a dirty player, so it’ll be interesting to see how the Oilers organization frames the event. As a fan, I’ve long felt having a player who can go a little loopy can benefit a team–certainly Mark Messier and Esa Tikkanen had that gear and Ben Eager from the current team has shown flashes of it. I’m not condoning violence, but my bet $$ that Robyn Regehr would have been less likely to rattle Hemsky if he knew there was some kind of crazy ready to jump over the boards.
Nail Yakupov did a little violence too in his game today against Metallurg. The evidence on thescoresheet is here, listed as Yakupov 5 for elbowing and a game misconduct.
Must be something in the water. Don’t recall Rob Schremp doing this.