86 games in suspensions handed out by Manitoba junior league Staff

3/16/2011 6:15:07 PM

A total of 86 games in suspensions, and a $4,000 worth of fines, were handed out by the Manitoba Junior Hockey League Wednesday stemming from a playoff game between the Swan Valley Stampeders and Portage Terriers on Saturday.

Swan Valley forward Jesse Enns received the longest suspension - 40 games - for a hit from behind with just three seconds left in the Terriers 4-1 series-clinching victory.

Stampeders assistant coach Dallas Anderson and Terriers assistant coach Jim Tkachyk each received 22-game suspensions after fighting in the players' benches after the game. Anderson and Tkachyk were also fined $1,500 each for their actions.

Swan Valley head coach Dwayne Kirkup was also suspended - two games - and fined $1,000 for receiving a gross misconduct penalty and not having proper control of his players on the bench.

"The MJHL takes a very dim view of violence in any form," commissioner Kim Davis said on the MJHL website. "This type of activity will not be tolerated and will be dealt with in a severe fashion. Our coaches are expected to set an example to their players, with respect to proper behaviour and sportsmanship."

Davis was in attendance on Saturday.

The Manitoba Junior Hockey League is a Canadian junior A league and is a member of the Canadian Junior Hockey League (CJHL).