Charleston Suspended 12 Games

Trenton Devils forward Dan Charleston has been fined and suspended 12 games by the ECHL as a result of firing the puck into the stands at the conclusion of regulation during Saturday night’s game against Toledo.

I have requests in with the team to speak to Charleston and head coach Kevin Dean, as well as the league to see where this falls in longest suspensions in league and franchise history and if there’s any sort of precedent in this situation.

At the end of the third period on Saturday night, Charleston shot the puck into the stands and struck a woman.  He was immediately given a misconduct penalty by on-ice officials.  I’m certainly stunned at how lengthy of a suspension this is.  He’s missing one sixth of the season, and who knows how significant the fine is…or if it’s tacked on to what he loses with the suspension if it’s without pay.

The league’s official release is here…

(PR) PRINCETON, N.J. – The ECHL on Tuesday announced that Trenton’s Dan Charleston has been suspended for 12 games and fined an undisclosed amount as a result of his actions following the conclusion of regulation time in ECHL Game #352, Toledo at Trenton, on Jan. 15.

Charleston is fined and suspended under Rule #28 – Supplementary Discipline.

Under the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement between the ECHL and the Professional Hockey Players’ Association, player fines collected by the ECHL are given to the PHPA for its ECHL Player’s Hardship Fund.

Charleston missed Trenton’s game at Reading on Jan. 17. He will miss Trenton’s games at Wheeling (Jan. 21), vs. Wheeling (Jan. 22 and 23), at Toledo (Jan. 28), at Wheeling (Jan. 29 and 30), at Reading (Feb. 4), vs. Reading (Feb. 5 and 6) and vs. Kalamazoo (Feb. 9 and 10).

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This reminds me a lot of when I was covering a Trenton Thunder game and a Reading Phillies pitcher intentionally fired the ball into the stands.  He didn’t hit anyone, however.

Mike Ashmore, mashmore98 AT gmail.com

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23 Responses to “Charleston Suspended 12 Games”

  1. devildawg Says:

    ECHL article…this has really really shocked me!

    http://www.echl.com/trenton-s-charleston-fined-suspended-p168877

  2. titans04 Says:

    Unfortunately not surprised at all, he literally could have killed somebody.

    Nice knowing you Dan, might want to pack your bags if you haven’t already.

    A damn shame.

  3. titans04 Says:

    Wonder if they’ll even acknowledge it on the radio show tonight?

  4. Langhorne Devil Says:

    I wouldntb e surprised if they dont mention it.

    Guys correct me if I am wrong – but I dont think the officials were going to penalise Dan. It was only repeated demonstrations from the Walleye players that caused them to do it.

  5. Shtikl Says:

    How’s the person the puck hit?

  6. titans04 Says:

    LD with the right call again, I guess it’s a big secret and if they don’t talk about it it’ll just go away. Guess we’ll have to wait for the FB link, that should hit any minute now.

  7. Langhorne Devil Says:

    I wouldnt be surprised if we dont even get a facebook post. They are ignoring it which is a v bad thing

    Id love to know how they have handled it with the person who got hit. If the club came out and appolgised etc – they could have made it PR neutral, as it is it is a huge negative (after all it could have hit anyone in the crowd. All this is doing is making people think the team couldnt care less.

  8. devildawg Says:

    Shtikl, the person that got hit apparently got struck in the back.
    Ed Levine apparently went to check she was OK.

    As LD says, the situation probably would not have been escalated at all had the Walleye not gone over and complained.

  9. Langhorne Devil Says:

    While i wasnt happy with Toledos behavior (in fact in general on the night, In particular one very nasty slew foot that went unpunished!) I dont disagree with DC being punished – it was terrible.

    I would say the 12 games means the league/officials believe it was intentional and not accidental.

  10. titanfan02 Says:

    Wasn’t long enough. If he had hit someone, would it have been 12 games still? Will he still get paid? If so, the Devils should take his pay and donate it to charity.

  11. devildawg Says:

    titanfan02, he did hit someone a lady got hit in the back as she fortunately turned away.
    As for the fine, it gets donated to the PHPA – see below quote from ECHL site…
    “Under the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement between the ECHL and the Professional Hockey Players’ Association, player fines collected by the ECHL are given to the PHPA for its ECHL Player’s Hardship Fund.”

  12. Somersetdevsfan Says:

    Toledo players wanted a 2 minute delay of game penalty to even it up after one of their guys got called for it earlier. They wanted the power play for the ot

  13. Langhorne Devil Says:

    Ahh yes of course. that was it..

    I remember thinking that at the time, but i forgot (Age – it gets to you!!)

    Interesting how you could delay a game with the clock on 0.00

  14. Section 106, Row F Says:

    You’re right. It’s a damn shame.

    After what was a definitive milestone in any young player’s career (hat trick + 1), the kid made a mistake…one that could change his life forever.

    His emotions were running high, as anyone’s would. He was lit up after his second goal and pressed hard all through the game. His frustration added to knowing that he carried the team to a tie at the end of regulation probably overcame his common sense. I’m not making excuses, but now he faces the consequences of his actions, immaturity and temper.

    For Toledo to call (read WHINE) for a penalty isn’t surprising – they played a dirty game and got away with a lot of garbage. This just adds tarnish to their win. Without the trash play, they probably would have laid down and died in the second…

    The Devils Organization could have taken the opportunity t reach out to the fans and make it a Public Relations “neutral” as others suggest. But this isn’t CL’s way…or the Devils Organization for that matter.

    The Devils will suck it up, take the lickings and likely trade Dan off for another prospect. Sadly, most of us will miss the spark he brought the team that fateful night… I just hope he’s able to work through this and learn from his mistake so he can continue his career, here or elsewhere.

  15. Langhorne Devil Says:

    Spot on 106F. You must have been nearer to the person than the rest of us – what did you see

  16. devildawg Says:

    Great post 106.
    Like you say, there is no mention of the incident from the Devils at all, they appear to be brushing the matter under the red rug that comes out onto the ice for the anthem …

  17. titans04 Says:

    I think the referee probably missed it and the linesmen in the end along with Toledo pointing it out made it impossible for them to ignore it. I also think even if they didn’t call it because they all missed it the league still would have acted after getting the post game report and watching the video.

    I would bet if he fired it into an empty section (i.ie. any other game this year) and it rattled around empty seats the suspension would be significantly less but IF my aunt had balls she’d be my uncle too. His lack of judgement is difficult actually impossible for me to defend.

    What sucks the most is the team suffers, Mike do you know if you can replace a suspended player on the roster, if you can that’s an additional major blow.

    I think it’s pathetic that they didn’t even address it on the radio, let’s just pretend it didn’t happen. I wonder if in the next 11 pre game interviews they just go with yesterdays theme of he’s out hurt.

  18. trentondevilsfan Says:

    12 games….wow…..I’m amazed. But then….that’s a potentially deadly missile there. It’s a good thing it didn’t hit anyone in the head.

    Said it before, but it’s a lesson that actions, even if “I didn’t mean it”, have consequences.

  19. titans04 Says:

    http://echl.com/stats/game-summary.php?game_id=8363

    shaping up to be a fun weekend.

  20. devildawg Says:

    It’d be pretty sweet if we could win a game 7-1 … :)
    We can only hope …

  21. Joshua Brett Says:

    The Devils don’t care about PR or image or their fans anything except playing hockey their way and doing so as cheaply as possible.

  22. tdevils Says:

    I think Charleston is placed on the suspended list, and his roster spot can be filled in the meantime, just as it could if he were injured.

    Also…if the puck was fired from the offensive zone, there’s no delay of game penalty there, especially if the final whistle had already blown.

  23. trentondevilsfan Says:

    Hopefully Wheeling’s used up their goal allotment for the week

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