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Third suspension for Richmond hockey player

Eithan Grishin received a 31-game suspension from the Pacific Junior Hockey League.
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A brawl broke out on Jan. 25 between the Sockeyes and the Wolf Pack. A Sockeyes player has received a 31-game suspension.

A 31-game suspension for a Richmond Sockeyes player, announced on Tuesday, was not his first suspension this season.

Eithan Grishin was given the suspension after a brawl with a North Vancouver goalie in late January. On the video, it appears that Grishin is putting Evan Paul, the North Van goalie, into a chokehold.

But the Pacific Junior Hockey League’s (PJHL) discipline page shows that since the beginning of the season in September, this was his third game suspension.

Grishin was suspended on Sept. 23 for three games for a slashing penalty. It appears to be for an incident in the first game of the season on Sept. 7.

This was followed by a 13-game suspension on Nov. 16, including a five-game suspension for “physical harassment of official,” a three-game suspension for his second match penalty of the season – the September one being the first – a two-game suspension for a “3rd man into a fight” and a three-game suspension for being a “repeat offender.”

Grishin’s second and third suspensions appear to be the longest ones in the PJHL this season.

Some players such as the Abbotsford Pilots' Drew Dornan and the Aldergrove Kodiaks’ Bergen George both received six-game penalties this season.

Travis Smythe of the White Rock Whalers received a seven-game suspension in early January for gross misconduct.

Besides players being given game suspensions, the Sockeyes’ head coach Cullen Revel twice received game suspensions this season as well.

On Nov. 29, Revel was given a one-game suspension.

On Feb. 24, he was suspended for two games, for a game misconduct in the last 10 minutes and for “maltreatment.”

The Richmond News reached out to the Sockeyes but they declined to comment.

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