Per the Stockton Thunder, currently suspended left winger, Kristians Pelss, has been recalled to the Oklahoma City Barons. Interesting, given that Pelss is riding a 21 game suspension for a suspicious slash that happened away from the play, and was described by most as a stick swinging incident.
And for those curious, yes, he can play in a higher league and certainly the suspension doesn’t carry over to the American League. Thus he’ll play immediately. When returning to the ECHL (if that were to happen) he’d have to finish out his suspension.
UPDATE: Coach Nelson, on his weekly radio show, mentioned that the Barons would indeed honor the suspension handed out by the ECHL. When he comes to Oklahoma City, he’ll simply practice with the team.
UPDATE: As is the case with most minor leagues, the AHL rulings on suspended players being tossed around between various leagues is fuzzy. By-laws of the AHL (which are not readily available) dictate that the President of the AHL can rule on carryover suspensions. He can ignore, change, or uphold – he’s the governing dictator in this instance. However, to murky things a bit more, there appears to be a definitive date that Pelss could play via a reliable source. Jack Michaels on twitter. Without getting too ranty, I’ve covered the AHL for three years now, more specifically the Oklahoma City Barons. I’ve never dealt within a league that communicates as poorly to the masses as the AHL does. Rules are an important aspect to the game, and sometimes the off-ice rules aren’t easily accessible. Minor league or not, the American Hockey League is an important cog in a much larger machine. They’ve prided themselves on that for years. I just wish they’d turn talk into action.
Official Release From Stockton:
The Stockton Thunder, proud ECHL affiliate of the Edmonton Oilers of the National Hockey League, announced today that Edmonton has recalled rookie left wing Kristians Pelss (PELSH, KRIS-tee-yans) from the Thunder to the Oklahoma City Barons of the American Hockey League.
Pelss, 20, has earned five points and 15 penalty minutes in 13 games with the Thunder this season and scored a goal in his ECHL debut on Nov. 2 vs. Bakersfield.
The 5-foot-11 and 175 pound forward was born in Preili, Latvia and selected by Edmonton in the seventh round (181st overall) of the 2010 NHL Entry Draft. He began the season in Oklahoma City and collected two assists and a +1 rating in three AHL games.
Pelss skated for Latvia in the 2011 and 2012 World Junior Championships, earning a gold medal (Division-I) in the 2010-11 season. His resume includes seven points (3g-4a) in 11 career tournament games and captaincy of Latvia last season.