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AHL suspends player for homophobia in the rink

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The American Hockey League (AHL) has suspended Rochester Americans forward Ben Holmstrom for eight games for using homophobic language.During the first period of Rochester’s game against the Utica Comets on March 30th, Holmstrom engaged in an altercation with Comets forward Chase De Leo and used a homophobic slur.

Holmstrom was given a game misconduct by officials, and upon further review he was issued the suspension.“As part of the suspension, Holmstrom will be participating in diversity and inclusion education,” said the AHL in a statement on Wednesday.“The American Hockey League is committed to building a culture that is safe, inclusive, and free from abuse, harassment, and all forms of unethical behavior or misconduct.”Some commended the move, like this Twitter user who wrote: “Glad to see the AHL taking this seriously.

A multi game suspension is appropriate and sets a standard in the league.“Hell of a way for Holmstrom to act during a professional tryout.”Glad to see the AHL taking this seriously.

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