EDMONTON, AB - Bakersfield Condors defenceman Brandon Manning has been suspended for five games by the American Hockey League after being assessed a game misconduct for unsportsmanlike conduct in Monday's contest with the Ontario Reign.
The Edmonton Oilers issued the following statement:
"We are aware of an unacceptable comment directed toward an Ontario Reign player by Bakersfield Condors defencemen Brandon Manning during last night's game. This is a very serious matter, we are disappointed by Brandon's comment and we fully support the American Hockey League's decision. The Oilers and Condors organizations wholeheartedly believe in a respectful workplace and will work to better educate our players on appropriate conduct on and off the ice." -- Keith Gretzky, General Manager, Bakersfield Condors/Assistant General Manager, Edmonton Oilers
Brandon Manning issued the following statement:
"Last night I made comments to an opposing player that were stupid and offensive. After the game I spoke with the opposing player in person, which I'm very grateful for. He allowed me to apologize and I took full responsibility for what I said."
"To say I've learned from this situation is an understatement and I promise to be better." -- Brandon Manning, Bakersfield Condors defenceman