Originally written on NY Rangers Blog  |  Last updated 11/19/14
Jess Rubenstein at The Prospect Park reports that Dylan McIlrath (2010 - 1st) has been suspeneded by the WHL for eight games due to his checking to the head major Wednesday night.

As part of their ruling, the WHL cited that:

1- Primary contact was made to the head of the opponent

2- They hit resulted in an injury to the opponent

3- This is the second suspension the player received the season

Rubenstein also has this quote from McIlrath on the hit...

"I wanted to ride him into the boards and make a routine hip check, like I've done so many times before," McIlrath said. "It was just a bang-bang play. It's unfortunate.

"I saw him on the ice. Obviously, I didn't want to see anyone to get injured. I felt bad right after it happened. He went down pretty hard. It's tough to see."

This is the second time McIlrath has been suspended this season for a checking the head major.

For video of the hit click here.

...not sure how a hip check turns into an elbow to the head, but he's probably lucky to only get eight games. Got to keep those elbows down big fella. Unless it's when you're in the NHL and Hartnell is bothering Hank in the crease.

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