Calgary, Alta. – The Western Hockey League announced today that Ryley Appelt of the Kamloops Blazers has been suspended eight games for a checking-from-behind major and game misconduct he received during WHL Regular Season Game #581 versus Victoria on Saturday, February 15.
Appelt served the first game of his suspension on Monday, February 17, when Kamloops hosted Victoria. Appelt will be eligible to return to the lineup for WHL Regular Season Game #691 on Tuesday, March 10.
The opponent was injured on the play, and Appelt is a repeat offender, including being previously suspended for a cross-check major and game misconduct, and a charging major and game misconduct. These were the key factors considered in the decision.
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Regarded as the world’s finest development league for junior hockey players, the Western Hockey League (WHL) head office is based in Calgary, Alberta. The WHL consists of 22 member Clubs with 17 located in Western Canada and five in the U.S. Pacific Northwest. A member of the Canadian Hockey League, the WHL has been a leading supplier of talent for the National Hockey League for over 50 years. The WHL is also the leading provider of hockey scholarships with over 350 graduates each year receiving WHL Scholarships to pursue a post-secondary education of their choice. Each season, WHL players also form the nucleus of Canada’s National Junior Hockey Team.