I got some clarification today from Everett Silvertips head coach Dennis Williams about the Carter Hart 10-minute misconduct penalty. The actual penalty was assessed for shooting the puck down the ice after the whistle.
Hart did shove Austin Strand at 13:45 in the opening period immediately prior to the penalty being assessed, and he readily admitted it afterward:
“I was just tired of getting pushed around, so I thought I would just give something back to them,” Hart said. “Richey (Sean Richards) did a good job. He stood up for me there and I really appreciate the guys standing up for me like that.”
— WHL Unfiltered (@WHLunfiltered) March 28, 2018
Indeed, Richards was given a double minor for roughing while Strand was also given two minutes for roughing. The end result was a two-minute power play for Seattle, with Martin Fasko-Rudas serving one of Richards’ roughing penalties and Dawson Butt serving Hart’s 10-minute suspension in the box.
WHL Commissioner Ron Robison was in attendance at Tuesday’s game and I was part of a pregame media scrum.
You might remember the allegations former Silvertip Tyler Maxwell made about a month ago about his time in Everett before the Oregon Senate Committee on Workforce. On Monday TSN reported that the league had hired Craig Callens, a former RCMP deputy commissioner to investigate the allegations.
“Obviously we were caught off guard by the statements made by the players,” Robison said Tuesday. “It’s interesting that these players represented us at a number of different events and spoke highly of their experience in the Western Hockey League so we were very disappointed and surprised, but also concerned at the same time. We’ve launched this independent review to find out what took place.”
You might recall Maxwell dropped a ceremonial first puck on Alumni Night at Angel of the Winds Arena last season and hosts his annual “Sniper School” camp each June in Everett.
Robison said the teams have been cooperative in the process and that the league plans to “make a statement” when the investigation concludes.
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