Skip to main content

Junior player assessed match penalty for incident with official, suspended for 365 days

Danton Ayotte of the AJHL’s Fort McMurray Oil Barons received a 365-day suspension for a match penalty resulting from an on-ice incident with an official on Dec. 6. The suspension was the suggested minimum penalty.
The Hockey News

The Hockey News

Danton Ayotte, who plays for the AJHL’s Fort McMurray Murray Oil Barons, is going to be watching from the sidelines for quite some time after Hockey Alberta suspended the winger for 365 days.

The suspension comes in the wake of an incident involving a referee during the Oil Barons Dec. 6 game against the Brooks Bandits. The 19-year-old Ayotte was ejected in the first period, assessed a match penalty, and the ruling from Hockey Alberta came down yesterday.

QMI Agency’s Robert Murray spoke to Hockey Alberta’s senior communications manager Brad Lyon, who said Ayotte’s match penalty resulted from an intentional “strike, trip, or body check,” of the game’s official. According to Lyon, the suggested minimum penalty for Ayotte’s infraction was the 365-day suspension.

In a statement released via Twitter, the Oil Barons said they’re currently considering all options in regards to the ruling, and may appeal the suspension. The team also stated they have no further comment at this time.

Last season, in his rookie campaign, Ayotte registered 16 goals and 26 points in 51 games, also racking up 78 penalty minutes over the course of the season. He was part of the Barons team that lost in the semi-finals of last year’s AJHL playoffs. Ayotte had four goals, 10 points, and 82 PIM in 27 games this season. Of his 82 PIM, 25 came in the Dec. 6 contest against the Bandits.

TOP HEADLINES

USATSI_18601410

How the Colorado Avalanche Dominated their Way to the Stanley Cup

The 2021-22 Avalanche are among the deepest and most dominant collections of talent the NHL has seen in recent memory. It took years of tinkering, but it worked out.

USATSI_18601083

Colorado Avalanche Beat Lightning to Win 2022 Stanley Cup

The Colorado Avalanche beat the Tampa Lightning in Game 6 to win their first Stanley Cup since 2001.

USATSI_18588486

Cale Makar Wins 2022 Conn Smythe Trophy

After posting the most playoff points by a defenseman in the past decade, Colorado Avalanche defenseman Cale Makar has taken home the 2022 Conn Smythe Trophy.