A total of 86 games in suspensions and $4,000 in fines have been handed out to members/coaches of the Swan Valley Stampeders and Portage Terriers, MJHL Commissioner Kim Davis announced today.
Stampeders’ Jesse Enns has been given a 40-game suspension for receiving a Match Penalty for checking from behind with three seconds to go in the game on March 12 in Swan River. Assistant coaches Dallas Anderson (Swan Valley) and Jim Tkachyk (Portage Terriers) have both been given 22-game suspensions each for their participation in the post-game incident which took place after the Terriers had eliminated the Stampeders in their Sher-Wood Division playoff series.
Both assistant coaches were also fined $1,500 apiece.
Stampeders’ Head coach Dwayne Kirkup also received a two-game suspension and $1,000 fine for receiving a Gross Misconduct Penalty, and not having proper control of the players on the bench.
“The MJHL takes a very dim view of violence in any form,” Commissioner Kim Davis said. “This type of activity will not be tolerated and will be dealt with in a severe fashion. Our coaches are expected to set an example to their players, with respect to proper behaviour and sportsmanship.”
(Nathan can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org)