Two-game ban for ice hockey knockout punch
Canterbury Red Devils ice hockey captain Hayden Argyle has been suspended for this weekend's home double-header after knocking an opponent unconscious in a match last weekend.
Argyle, 27, was handed a minimum two-game penalty for the offence by the disciplinary committee of the New Zealand ice Hockey League two nights ago.
The suspension could be increased as the judiciary will convene again, probably on Monday, to review a medical report on the concussion sustained by Southern Stampede import Matt Schneider.
Schneider underwent tests this week and that information will be presented for the judicial panel to consider.
Red Devils coach Stacey Rout acknowledged the suspension could be increased.
Argyle, known as the best Kiwi defenceman in the league, leaves a significant hole in the Devils line up but Rout had some good news to offset the bad this week.
The team's fourth and last import Tama Lenceses arrived from Hungary on Thursday after playing at the in-line (non-ice) world championships.
"It's great he has arrived just in time, because he is a defenceman like Hayden," Rout said.
Lenceses will have little time to familiarise himself with the the Red Devils but Rout expected him to adjust smoothly.
The Red Devils, who won their opening two matches against the Stampede last weekend, play the West Auckland Admirals today and tomorrow at the Alpine Ice Arena starting at 4.30pm.
The Admirals have yet to play this season but Rout is aware they are under a new coach who has placed a premium on off-ice fitness.