Friday, January 20, 2012
Breaking News McIlrath Suspended 8 Games
As part of their ruling, the WHL cited that:
1-Primary contact was made to the head of the opponent
2- They hit resulted in an injury to the opponent
3- This is the second suspension the player received the season
For those of you who missed the hit we found this clip starting around the 4:12 point and as much as we are huge fans of Dylan McIlrath there is no way we can disagree with this ruling.
A stick tap goes out to our friend Gregg Drinnan of Taking Note for finding these quotes from McIlrath as told to Matthew Gourlie of the Moose Jaw Times-Herald.
Meanwhile, the Moose Jaw Warriors await word from the WHL office as to the length of suspension to D Dylan McIlrath, who took out Victoria Royals D Jesse Zgraggen with an elbow to the head on Wednesday night. “I know my thought process coming in wasn’t to hit him up high,” McIlrath told Matthew Gourlie of the Moose Jaw Times-Herald on Thursday.
“I wanted to ride him into the boards and make a routine hip check, like I’ve done so many times before,” McIlrath said. “It was just a bang-bang play. It’s unfortunate.
“I saw him on the ice. Obviously, I didn’t want to see anyone to get injured. I felt bad right after it happened. He went down pretty hard. It’s tough to see.”
McIlrath is a repeat offender, having sat out three games after a charging major he incurred on Nov. 23 for a hit on F Trevor Cheek of the Calgary Hitmen.
As we stated in the past, we like good clean hitting and we don't want to see the game lose the hitting part but we do want to see the the sport lose the "people getting hurt" part of the game that is happening sadly with an increasing rate.
We will have more on this later as part of our Friday evening report.
(McIlrath – Moose Jaw Warriors)