Boston forward Taylor Wenczkowski's hit to the head on Ottawa defender Amanda Boulier
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HISTORIC: First Suspension In PWHL History Is In The Books

Published January 27, 2024 at 5:55 PM
The Professional Women's Hockey League (PWHL) has officially handed out it's first ever suspension in history.

PWHL Officially Hands Out First Suspension In History

The Professional Women's Hockey League (PWHL) has issued its first suspension ever, with Boston forward Taylor Wenczkowski facing a one-game ban for a hit to the head of Ottawa defender Amanda Boulier during Wednesday night's game.

#PWHL has announced:

Boston's Taylor Wenczkowski suspended for one game for this hit on Ottawa's Amanda Boulier.

The incident occurred early in the third period with Boston leading 2-1. Wenczkowski collided with Boulier in the neutral zone shortly after the defender played the puck. Although Wenczkowski received a minor penalty for roughing, Boston went on to win the game 3-2.

As a result of the suspension, the 26-year-old Wenczkowski will miss Boston's upcoming game against Minnesota on Saturday afternoon. Despite her suspension, she has yet to register any points through four PWHL games.

Wenczkowski's name now marks a historic moment in women's hockey as the first player to be suspended in PWHL history. The incident leading to the suspension was characterized by a hit similar to those in the National Hockey League that often result in disciplinary action. The league recognizes that while Wenczkowski is the first, she likely won't be the last to face such consequences.

In a statement, PWHL Senior Vice-President of Hockey Operations Jayna Hefford emphasized the league's commitment to player safety, acknowledging the fast pace and physicality of the game. Hefford stated that the league aims to encourage this style of play within the rules, with consistent enforcement and vigilant application of supplemental discipline when necessary.

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HISTORIC: First Suspension In PWHL History Is In The Books

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