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AHL announces suspensions

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. … The American Hockey League today announced the following disciplinary actions:

• Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins forward Zach Sill has been suspended for one preseason game (already served) and one regular-season game as a consequence of a match penalty for an illegal check to the head (AHL Rule 48) in a preseason game at Hershey on Oct. 1.

Sill will miss Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s game Oct. 8 vs. Hershey.

• Adirondack Phantoms forward Ben Holmstrom has been suspended for two regular-season games as a consequence of his penalty for an illegal check to the head (AHL Rule 48) in a preseason game at Wilkes-Barre/Scranton on Oct. 2.

Holmstrom will miss Adirondack’s games on Oct. 8 vs. Connecticut and Oct. 14 vs. Bridgeport.

• Grand Rapids Griffins defenseman Brendan Smith has been ruled ineligible to play in the AHL until Oct. 18, 2011. Smith was suspended by the National Hockey League for the remainder of the preseason plus five regular-season games for an illegal check to the head of an opponent during a game vs. Chicago on Sept. 28. According to the AHL’s by-laws, a player who is under suspension in another league or organization who seeks to play in the AHL while under that suspension will have the relevant disciplinary matter independently reviewed by the President of the American Hockey League, who may in his discretion deem the player ineligible.

Smith’s AHL eligibility does not affect the terms of his NHL suspension.