The American Hockey League has issued a two-game suspension to Manitoba Moose forward Ryan White for his boarding penalty at 2:33 of the second period, during Friday’s road contest against the Laval Rocket.
White was assessed a five-minute major for boarding and a game misconduct, ending the Brandon product’s night after just a handful of shifts. The large crowd of 7,470 at Bell Place in Laval watched as White hit defenceman Evan McEneny from behind, before seeing his ejection from the contest just over one period into the game.
This is the second time that White has received a suspension during the 2019-20 season with the Moose. The 31-year-old was earlier forced to sit for three games following a dangerous elbow to the head of Rockford IceHogs’ forward Philipp Kurashev during the first period of a home game in late December.
In 20 games for the Moose this season, White has two goals, one assist and a whopping 82 minutes in penalties – his highest total since recording 173 penalty minutes during the 2009-10 with the Hamilton Bulldogs. White has over 1,000 penalty minutes between the NHL and AHL in nearly 600 total games of action over parts of 12 seasons.
Considering his pugilistic role on the team, he has played rather well defensively for Manitoba, only sitting at a -1 in the plus/minus category. White also has 18 shots on goal this season. White scored his second goal of the season the day following his hit on McEneny, prior to receiving further discipline from the league’s department of player safety.