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Dan Kelly receives 10 game suspension for hit on Andreas Johnson

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It's not the longest suspension given for an illegal check to the head this season, but it's close. It's also no the first suspension for Dan Kelly or for the Albany Devils

The Devils struggle to deal with William Nylander
The Devils struggle to deal with William Nylander
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In an announcement today, the AHL has suspended Dan Kelly of the Albany Devils for 10 games.

Kelly will miss Albany’s next 10 games, beginning with Game 5 of the North Division Finals vs. Toronto tonight (May 12). If Albany is eliminated before the suspension can be served to completion this postseason, remaining games would carry over to the next time Kelly is active on an AHL club roster.

A search of the AHL suspension announcements for this season revealed that there have been a lot of players suspended for illegal checks to the head, but only one for more than 10 games. Dan Kelly is a repeat offender, and no team does it more than the Albany Devils.

So when will the AHL start suspending coaches or managers? Because, so far, the Devils aren't learning the lesson.

Date Name Team # of Games
11/6/2015 Blake Coleman Albany 1
12/2/2015 Dan Kelly Albany 1
2/28/2016 Stefan Matteau Albany 2
11/18/2015 Matthew Ford Bakersfield 2
2/16/2016 Scott Mayfield Bridgeport 3
2/26/2016 C.J. Ludwig Bridgeport 3
12/13/2015 Eric Tangradi Grand Rapids 3
12/18/2015 Liam O'Brien Hershey 1
12/20/2015 Liam O'Brien Hershey 3
3/6/2016 Garrett Mitchell Hershey 3
11/14/2015 Trent Vogelhuber Lake Erie 2
4/2/2016 Jay Rosehill Lehigh Valley 3
12/26/2015 Kurtis MacDermid Ontario 12
3/4/2016 Zac Rinaldo Providence 5
12/18/2015 Jack Nevins Rochester 3
12/21/2015 Ryan Hartman Rockford 3
11/13/2015 Joey Mormina Syracuse 1
4/28/2016 Jon Landry Utica 1
11/13/2015 Andrey Pedan Utica 1
10/17/2015 Keal Mouillierat Wilkes-Barre 2

Edited to add: I had a mistake on the original chart, with that correction, Albany is still the worst team. Just not much worse than Hershey.

This list is as accurate as I could make it, any errors or omissions are mine.