Kelowna Rockets players suspended by Western Hockey League

By Earl Seitz
December 29, 2015 - 3:22pm

KAMLOOPS - Two Kelowna Rockets players have been suspended for checks from behind in back-to-back games against the Kamloops Blazers.   Justin Kirkland has been hit with a three game suspension under supplemental discipline for a check from behind on Dallas Valentine in Sunday's game in Kamloops.   Kirkland was only given a minor penalty.     Valentine suffered an upper body injury, but not a concussion, and is out week-to-week.

Rockets forward Riley Stadel has been suspended for one game for a check from behind on Nolan Knee in Monday nights game in Kelowna.   Staden was given a five minute major and game misconduct.    Kneen left for some time in the quiet room, and then returned later in the game.

Those are the third suspensions to Kelowna players in the last three games for checks from behind or hits to the head.

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