Is Juan Strickland Suspended by HNL?

Updated: February 20, 2010
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Rumours abound that Juan Strickland, coach of the Corner Brook Royals has received a one-year suspension for his recent comments in The Western Star.  Not only has HNL supposedly handed down a suspension but they have also removed him as the technical directory of the Corner Brook Minor Hockey Association.

Other sources are indicating that the suspension has nothing to do with the statements in The Western Star but deals with abuse of officials and conduct at the Clarenville Events Centre during their series with the Bous.

Coming from multiple sources there is obviously something happening with Juan Strickland.

If the rumours are true Juan Strickland has received on of the harshest suspensions handed down in recent hockey history here in Newfoundland and Labrador.  Newfoundland Hockey Talk has to ask does the punishment fit the “crime”?

Juan Strickland should be ashamed for making those comments or even suggesting his player is receiving unfair treatment because of his skin color.  In making such accusations, Strickland has crossed a line.

The outrage expressed by many Royals fans and many hockey fans in general has supposedly caused HNL to step up and deal with the issue.

And while the issue of racism is appalling and disgusting but this doesn’t seem to make sense that HNL would hand down a one-year suspension for that.  While hinted at in the story, there’s no outright accusation of racism, just questions posed by Strickland wondering why there appears to be unfair treatment of his player.

The more likely scenario any suspension would have more to do with the alleged abuse of officials and conduct at the CEC.  It would make more sense, especially if the HNL has stepped in and removed Strickland from his post with the Corner Brook Minor Hockey Association.

Even if this is the case, one would have to question HNL’s right to do this.

Both the HNL and Corner Brook Royals have been contacted to provide details on this supposed suspension.  No response has yet been received.

Until any official comment is made, this is still all rumour and speculation.


  1. Serge Cormier

    February 20, 2010 at 1:25 pm

    I’m a parent that has a child in the CBMHA and this morning (Feb 20, 2010) at my daughters practice I asked why Juan wasn’t on the ice and was told by another parent that he was banned from the ice for a year…Juan has coached my daughter for the past 3 years and he’s done a great job. We haven’t been given any official reason and left woundering why this is…as far as I’m concerned Juan made his opinion known, which he’s entitled to have, and this Senior Hockey league issue should have ABSOLUTELY NOTHING to do with minor hockey. I’ve written the President of the CBMHA and the Executive Director of HNL to voice my concern and I await there response. I and other parents are very upset over this issue.

  2. Juan4jackadams

    February 21, 2010 at 7:06 pm

    Why the hell is Juan being suspended for a year? is it because he stood up for one of his players and his team? obviously some ref’s and players in the league are racist. Racism is everywhere. Im am inspired by the fact that juan had the balls to stand up to people and let his point/concern be heard. he didnt pin point anyone, just questioned why maxwell was getting treated this way, alot of people think maxwell is a goon or a pest on the ice, this is not true, I know this guy personally and i can tell you that he is an enforcer, he’s not an ahole, he doesnt act like sean avery, he just goes outthere and plays hard? … Juan didnt just come up with this stuff, there are reasons he’s said those comments. anyways im sure juan is gonna fight this in court, and im pretty sure he’s gonna win and get his job back as techinical director with the cbmha. a big thumbs down to the hnl for handleing this situation the wrong way. everything that juan said was freedom of speech. Im calling on the president of the HNL to look into this racisim issue more carefully and give juan back his job that he loves sooo much.

  3. Kyle Petten

    February 22, 2010 at 6:31 pm

    Responding to the last comment by Serge; the ‘Senior Hockey League issue’ as you call it does affect minor hockey. If he has such views then express them in an appropriate, considerate and responsible manner. Yes, everyone is entitled to their own opinion but I do not believe in blatantly spewing out all of his thoughts in such a way. I do not know if you were at any games in Clarenville or not, if you were you know what I’m talking about but if you weren’t, Juan Strickland didn’t keep to himself, we’ll say. Know what I mean? If he was suspended from HNL senior hockey, he should be suspended from all doings with the HNL. That’s that. Thank-you.

  4. Chris Browning

    February 22, 2010 at 6:50 pm

    I just saw a story on NTV News about Juan being suspended for a year. Apparently, he was suspended from anything to do with hockey in Newfoundland, and not just from the Royals.
    Wow, I can’t believe that they would cause him to lose his job because of something he may or may not have said while coaching the Royals. What does senior hockey have to do with his job with minor hockey?
    Parents of minor hockey kids in Corner Brook need to sound off to Hockey Newfoundland; tell them we want Juan to stick around. He’s been great for our kids!

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