The Adirondack Flames got off to a less-than-ideal start with a 6-1 loss to Rochester on Friday night.
As frustration teemed over late in the game, there were four fights in the final four minutes (including a line brawl).
Trevor Gillies got himself in trouble as he came in behind a play as Patrick Seiloff started wrestling with someone. Gillies grabbed Rochester rookie William Carrier and quickly took him down. He took it a step further by slamming Carrier's head into the ice. Carrier got right up and appeared to be OK, but it was a nasty moment.
Carrier played it off after the game, saying "that's hockey," according to Kevin Oklobzija from the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle.
But Rochester head coach Chadd Cassidy reacted stronger: "If there's room for that in hockey, I'm not sure I want to coach anymore," he told Oklobzija.
Gillies was assessed a fighting major, instigating penalty and game misconduct. He will automatically be suspended for Saturday's home opener as a result of the instigator penalty in the final five minutes. The AHL could decide to add more supplementary discipline.
These teams will play 12 games this season. It could be interesting.
UPDATED: The AHL announced that Gillies will be suspended one game, but is still reviewing the incident and could hand down further supplemental discipline.
Gillies released a statement on Facebook: "I would like to apologize to my family back home for embarrassing the family name. To my teammates and the organization and the fans in the hockey community. I crossed the line. Thankfully the kid is okay. I'm not taking this lightly or easily and promise it won't happen again. If you want to bash me I get it. I will just take my medicine with no response. Again I'm truly sorry Gillies"