WSHL Suspends Kirill Romanov for Remainder of Season
- Updated: February 19, 2017
After a review and appeal process, word was given out today by the Western States Hockey League Executive Board that Oklahoma City Blazers top forward Kirill Romanov has been suspended for the remainder of the 2016-17 season and the 2017 Thorne Cup Playoffs.
The suspension stems from an incident at the end of a game between the Oklahoma City Blazers and El Paso Rhinos in which Romanov skated near linesman Randy Sappo and made contact with the official.
On Tuesday, February 7th, the Oklahoma City Blazers were informed by the WSHL that Romanov was suspended for the remainder of the season and the playoffs, for an intent to injure an official, based on a referee’s report and an eyewitness report of Executive Committee member Cory Herman, who was in attendance at the time. Blazers President and Head Coach Tyler Fleck immediately appealed the suspension, and was informed on February 19th that the suspension would be upheld.
Kirill Romanov has been with the Oklahoma City Blazers since the beginning of the franchise. Romanov began playing with OKC during the inaugural season in 2014. Since then, Romanov has skated in 128 regular season games, and boasts the franchise all-time records in goals, assists, and points. Prior to the suspension, Romanov was leading the team with 58 points in 37 games.
Kirill Romanov franchise stats:
– 101 goals
– 115 assists
– 216 points
President and Head Coach Tyler Fleck stated, “I can not even begin to explain how disappointed I am by the decision that has been made. The punishment does not at all fit the crime. We are heartbroken for Romy, his teammates, and our fans that come to watch him play.”
“I still don’t understand how this is possible.” Fleck continued. “I have been around the game as a professional for a long time. I have shown the incident to contacts I have in the NHL, AHL, and ECHL and they can’t make sense of it either. Our organization will not be the same without him going forward. He is our franchise player and has been with us since Day One. He gets up everyday to become a better hockey player and the game has been taken away from him. We will continue to support Kirill throughout this situation. The WSHL has lost a great hockey player.”