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CHL Suspends 2 Coaches, 3 Players

November 12, 1997

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) _ The Central Hockey League handed out 12- and six-game suspensions Tuesday to the coaches of its Wichita and Tulsa franchises, and fined each $3,000 for a post-game fight Friday.

The league also suspended three players for a combined 20 games, and fined them a collective $1,000 for the fight in Tulsa. It also fined both franchises $1,500.

Wichita coach Bryan Wells was suspended 12 games and Tulsa coach Ric Seiling will sit out six. Tulsa’s Jason Rushton was suspended 10 games and fined $500 and two other players, Tulsa’s Daniel Villeneuve and Wichita’s Pierre Lindahl, were suspended five games and fined $250 each.

The suspensions begin immediately.

The fight occurred on the ice after Tulsa’s 10-6 victory. During the game, Wells had taunted Seiling and thrown rolls of tape and other objects over the glass at him. After the game, when Wells approached Seiling, the Tulsa coach threw a punch at Wells, starting a fight that players joined.

``This was a very unfortunate occurrence that will not be tolerated,″ CHL Commissioner N. Thomas Berry Jr. said in a statement.

Both franchises also will start community benefit programs for the holidays, the league said.

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