Phoenix Coyotes prospect Kale Kessy was issued a 12-game suspension on Wednesday for an illegal check to the head. On Monday, Kessy delivered an elbow to the head to a Lethbridge Hurricanes’ defenseman Rich Pilon. The Western Hockey League cited Kessy’s previous suspensions and the fact that Pilon was injured as reasons for the suspensions. Kessy was given a five minute major and was ejected from the game. Pilon did not return to the game. “We lose one of the top young defensemen in the league to a headshot elbow,” Rich Preston, the Hurricanes’ general manager and head coach, told Darren Steinke of the Medicine Hat News. “What are you going to do? You have to try and take that out of the game.”Preston also added, “It is just something that we have to keep stressing to the players. We have to have a little bit more respect for each other and stay away from those headshots and stay away from the dangerous plays.”
Kessy, a forward for the Medicine Hat Tigers, is no stranger to suspensions as he has been suspended seven times in his WHL career. Kessy was suspended for five games last October for an illegal check from behind on Victoria Royals Defenseman Zach Habscheid.
Kessy, 19, was drafted in the 4th round, 111th overall by the Coyotes in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft. Kessy has played 195 games with the Tigers and has recorded 27 goals and 71 points in that time. He has two goals in two games this season.
Kessy, 6’3” and 192 pounds, is a native of Shaunavon, Saskatchewan, Canada.