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).
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