The AHL has just announced that Grand Rapids Griffins defenseman Brennan Evans will be suspended four-games as a result of the hit he delivered to Viktor Stålberg. The AHL described it as a “kneeing” incident.
Press Release via AHL:
The American Hockey League today announced that Grand Rapids Griffins defenseman Brennan Evans has been suspended for four (4) games as a consequence of a kneeing incident in a game at Milwaukee on Nov. 7.
Evans was suspended under the provisions of AHL Rule 28.1 (supplementary discipline).
Evans will miss Grand Rapids’ games Wednesday (Nov. 12) vs. Lake Erie, Friday (Nov. 14) vs. Texas, Saturday (Nov. 15) vs. Texas and Nov. 21 at Lake Erie.
Stålberg was in the final day of his fourteen-day conditioning assignment. He played in four-games with the Admirals and recorded 3 points (1 goal, 2 assists). There has yet to be an update on his exact condition since being helped off the ice after the Evans hit in the second period on Friday night’s game. All we have to go on is that Ads head coach Dean Evason said that it was, “not good.”
Did the AHL get this suspension correct? What were your thoughts on the hit Brennan Evans dished out on Viktor Stålberg? With this hit being suspension worthy, why wasn’t it called as such for “kneeing” on the ice?