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WHL Player Suspended 25 Games After Vicious Hit From Behind


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Graham Montgomery
September 27, 2023  (8:34 PM)
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The Victoria Royals of the WHL will be without one of their blueliners for a huge part of the season following a dangerous hit on Everett Silvertips defenseman Dexter Whittle.

Alex Edwards Suspended 25 Games By WHL

While the department of player safety at the NHL level is often used as a punchline for many hockey related jokes, the Canadian junior leagues take dangerous hits extremely seriously. Victoria Royals defenseman Alex Edwards learned this the hard way after he made a very dangerous hit in his most recent game.
Here's a look at the play that got Edwards suspended.
Adam Kierszenblat gives us a little extra context here as well, stating that Edwards was suspended twice last season.
"Edwards was suspended twice last season and will be eligible to return to the lineup on December 1st."

The Royals released a statement regarding the hit, wishing the best for Dexter Whittle. Whittle had to be transported to a local hospital for further evaluation.
Luckily, the Silvertips updated us on this story, releasing this statement regarding the health of their player. While he won't be returning to hockey in the near future, it is good to see he was healthy enough to be released.
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WHL Player Suspended 25 Games After Vicious Hit From Behind

Do you agree with the suspension for Alex Edwards?

Yes4637.4 %
No, too short4335 %
No, too long1814.6 %
Should not be a suspension at all1613 %
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