AHL suspends American forward Ben Holmstrom for eight games for homophobic use

The American Hockey League last month suspended Rochester American forward Ben Holmstrom for eight games for using homosexual language in a game.

In a statement, AHL said the incident happened on March 30 during a game against the Utica comet. At the end of the first period, Holmstr্রমm was given a game of misconduct for his actions.

“As part of the suspension, Holmstrom will participate in diversity and inclusion education,” the statement said. “The American Hockey League is committed to building a culture that is safe, inclusive, and free from abuse, harassment, and all forms of immorality or misconduct.”

Holmstr্রমm has already served two suspension games. The Americans have 11 more games this season.

“We have become aware of an inappropriate comment made by one of our players in a recent game. Once aware, we’ve taken immediate action through numerous conversations with players, teams and leagues, “said American General Manager Jason Carmanos in a statement. Statement. “To put it bluntly, we do not tolerate any kind of hatred and we are sorry for any inconvenience caused by his comments. We strive to maintain an inclusive environment where our differences are celebrated. We want counseling awareness for the players. ”

Holmstrom, who turned 35 on April 9, has appeared in seven NHL games with the Philadelphia Flyers in two seasons from 2010-12 but has appeared in more than 600 AHL games since becoming a professional in 2009.

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