PRINCETON, N.J. – The ECHL on Wednesday announced that Wheeling’s Keven Veilleux has been suspended for 10 games and fined an undisclosed amount as a result of his actions in ECHL Game #435, South Carolina at Wheeling, on Jan. 13.
The suspension is a result of inappropriate comments made by Mr. Veilleux in and around the penalty boxes subsequent to a third period altercation. The comments were racial in nature.
The ECHL will not tolerate incidents of this nature as all players in the League shall be afforded a level of respect and right to function in a workplace free of racial intolerance. The ECHL will continue to hold all players responsible for their actions/comments regardless of previous events that may have taken place. It is the expectation and understanding of the ECHL that the Wheeling organization will undertake internal measures to provide training and education course(s) to the parties involved to further address and remedy the situation.
Veilleux will miss Wheeling’s games at Orlando (Jan. 17, Jan. 19 and Jan. 21), vs. Bakersfield (Jan. 25), at Trenton (Jan. 26) vs. Cincinnati (Jan. 27), at Reading (Jan. 30), vs. Reading (Feb. 1), at Kalamazoo (Feb. 2) and vs. Gwinnett (Feb.7).
Under the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement between the ECHL and the Professional Hockey Players’ Association, player fines collected by the ECHL are given to the PHPA for its ECHL Player’s Hardship Fund.