Chris VandeVelde Gets Three Game Suspension

AHL Hockey: Dec 15 Barons vs Rampage
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Announced today, Oklahoma City Barons centerman, Chris VandeVelde, has been suspended three games for a check to the head of a Texas Stars players in a game Friday night. What’s interesting about the suspension is that it’s three games. The AHL offices must have seen something that I didn’t, but it indeed was a shot to the head, and it’s hard to argue a three game suspension as a result. The other interesting piece to the puzzle is that no penalty was called on the ice following the play. Not unusual for that to happen, but it does typically tip the scales towards more games suspended when a penalty is called on the ice. Nonetheless, his suspension begins tonight against the San Antonio Rampage.

Official Release:

The American Hockey League today announced that Oklahoma City Barons center Chris VandeVelde has been suspended for three (3) games as a consequence of an illegal check to the head of an opponent in a game at Texas on Dec. 27.

VandeVelde will miss Oklahoma City’s games tonight (Dec. 28) vs. San Antonio, Monday (Dec. 31) vs. Texas and Tuesday (Jan. 1) at Houston.