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Oilers prospect receives 21-game suspension from ECHL

Dec 6, 2012, 9:45 AM EST

Kristians Pelss

Oilers prospect Kristians Pelss did a bad, bad thing.

The Latvian product was suspended for 21-games and fined an undisclosed amount by the ECHL for delivering a two-handed slash to the face of an unsuspecting opponent, causing an injury.

Pelss, currently playing for the Stockton Thunder, committed the brutal penalty on December 1 in a game against Bakersfield. What may surprise you is that he’s not exactly a goon. In 13 games with the Thunder, Pelss had just 15 penalty minutes. Now he’ll have until mid-January to think about what he did.

That kind of suspension is rare to see in any level of hockey, although we’ve seen Phoenix’s Raffi Torres get a similar suspension for his head-hit on Marian Hossa in last year’s playoffs.

  1. 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Dec 6, 2012 at 10:31 AM

    If only the NHL would bring down the hammer on guys like this, but as we’ve seen guys have to spend their career earning the reputation of goon or cheap-shot artist before they can earn a 20 gamer.

    • elemeno89 - Dec 6, 2012 at 11:09 AM

      i imagine that if a first time offender used his stick like “the bear jew” (google it) uses a bat, then he would get a hefty hefty suspension from the NHL.

      • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Dec 6, 2012 at 11:13 AM

        Excuse me, but did you just tell me to google a Tarantino reference?

      • elemeno89 - Dec 6, 2012 at 2:04 PM

        most people wouldnt get it and probably think its a racist thing. glad you did.

  2. ibieiniid - Dec 6, 2012 at 10:55 AM

    video please

    • manchestermiracle - Dec 6, 2012 at 11:04 AM

      You need video to see a guy get hit in the face with a stick? There’s plenty of that sick crap on YouTube.

      • ibieiniid - Dec 6, 2012 at 3:16 PM

        did you just judge me?

        as a fan, i’d like to know the level of goonery so i can judge this guy.

    • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Dec 6, 2012 at 11:14 AM


      Here’s Jesse Boulerice trying to axe murder a guy with his stick, it’ll have to do for now.

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