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Amerks forward Ben Holmstrom suspended eight games for homophobic language

The American Hockey League announced Wednesday that Rochester Americans forward Ben Holmstrom has been suspended eight games for using homophobic language during a game against the Utica Comets on March 30.

Holmstrom was assessed a game misconduct at 20:00 of the first period.

As part of the suspension, Holmstrom will be participating in diversity and inclusion education.

Holmstrom has already served two games of the suspension.


Amerks general manager Jason Karmanos released the following statement:

“We were made aware of an inappropriate comment made by one of our players in a recent game. Once aware, we took immediate action through numerous conversations with the player, team, and league. To be clear, we have no tolerance for any form of hate and regret any harm his comment inflicted. We strive to maintain an inclusive environment in which our differences are celebrated. We have sought counseling and awareness resources for the player.”

The Amerks signed Holmstrom to a professional tryout in February.



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