I have been in contact with both the ECHL and Trenton Devils in regards to Dan Charleston’s suspension.
Trenton will have no comment until a statement is put out. I wouldn’t be surprised if there’s no statement at all, but I’m clearly not an authority on what and what not to be surprised by…as I’m still a little surprised Charleston felt the wrath of the league at all. Not saying it wasn’t warranted, mind you. Just saying it wouldn’t have been surprising to me if nothing happened.
But I think that comments from Charleston and/or the organization — an apology or whatever else they may be — would go a long way here.
The ECHL, per league policy, does not comment on suspensions. While the league does not have records of longest suspensions for each franchise, they did provide the list of longest suspensions in league history. As you can see, Charleston’s is nowhere close.
51 – Gary Coupal, Columbus, 1996-97
42 – Jason Taylor, Columbus, 1991-92
36 – Dennis Mullen, Mobile, 2000-01
36 – Chris Slater, Toledo, 2001-02
35 – Justin McPolin, Jacksonville, 1998-99
Coupal’s was apparently for a stick-swinging incident if my research is correct…which would make sense considering said research shows he got thrown out of basically every league he ever played in. If anyone wants to fill in the blanks with the others, go for it.
As for Charleston, and I suspect he won’t be made available to me or the rest of the media any time soon, he made a mistake and is being punished for it. I would have to give him the benefit of the doubt that “Man, I sure am tired of this losing, let me pump one into row 12, that’ll show em'” didn’t cross his mind. And, looking at how silly that sounds…I’d hope you guys would do the same.
Mike Ashmore, mashmore98 AT gmail.com