Calgary, Alta. – The Western Hockey League announced today that Sean Richards of the Seattle Thunderbirds has been suspended for eight games for a checking-from-behind major penalty and game misconduct, he received during a WHL Playoff game in Seattle on Wednesday, March 27 versus Vancouver.
“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.”
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.
Richards has served two games of his suspension. Having exhausted his WHL eligibility as a 1998-born player, Richards will be required to serve the remaining six games of his suspension during the 2019-20 season, should he continue his playing career.
About the Western Hockey League
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.