Sunday, September 30, 2001
By SCOTT FISHER -- Calgary Sun
Richard Kromm gives new meaning to the term 'bus legs'.
After riding the team bus all the way to Cranbrook, the Hitmen head
coach had to remain in his seat while his team filed into the rink.
"I wasn't allowed in the building," Kromm said after being suspended
indefinitely by the WHL yesterday.
"I had to listen to the game on the radio on the bus."
And he didn't like what he heard as the Kootenay Ice dominated
Kromm and four of his players were suspended as a result of Friday's
bench-clearing brawl in Lethbridge.
Captain Rod Sarich, Wade Davis, Houston Hair and Wes Rypien have
also been suspended indefinitely.
Fines and length of suspensions will be determined following further
review of the incident.
Kromm hopes to learn of his and his players' fates tomorrow.
Lethbridge coach Bryan Maxwell as well as Hurricanes Phil Cole,
Triston Grant, D.J King and Clay Plume were dealt identical
A total of 10 game misconducts were dished out in Lethbridge, five
on each side, including Hitmen starting goaltender Brady Block and
his counterpart, Blake Ward of the Hurricanes.
The two 'tenders were the initial combatents in the altercation
which took place after the conclusion of the second period with
Lethbridge leading 4-2.
The Hitmen powerplay proved to be their undoing last night. Calgary
went 0-for-8 with the man advantage, including five opportunities in
the opening period.
Kootenay scored three times on the powerplay.
Brandon Segal scored Calgary's lone goal.
Tyler Beechey and Shaun Norrie didn't get a chance to face their old
clubs last night as both players were held out of the lineup..
The Hitmen were without Fredrick Sjostrom, who was involved in
Friday's brawl. His eye had swollen shut.
Goaltender Brent Krahn was also out with an injured hamstring but is
expected to practice tomorrow.