Calgary, Alta. – The Western Hockey League announced today that Kody McDonald of the Victoria Royals has been suspended for six games for receiving a match penalty during a WHL Playoff game in Kamloops on Wednesday, March 27.
“The WHL takes incidents of this nature very seriously,” commented WHL Commissioner Ron Robison. “Actions of this kind are unacceptable to the WHL.”
McDonald was assessed a five-minute match penalty at the 7:58 mark of the third period of Victoria’s 6-3 loss at Kamloops on Wednesday, March 27, which was Game 4 of the best-of-seven first-round series between the Royals and Blazers.
McDonald has served two games of his suspension and will be eligible to return on Saturday, April 13 for Game 5, if necessary, of Victoria’s second-round series against the Vancouver Giants.
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.