BROOKLYN, NY, November 10, 2017 – The Player Safety Committee of the National Women’s Hockey League has suspended Buffalo Beauts forward Jess Jones and defender Sarah Casorso one game each for their actions during the team’s game last Saturday night in Rochester against the Metropolitan Riveters. Jones and Casorso will miss Buffalo’s home game on Saturday against Boston.
Jones received her suspension for two separate plays in the third period: slew-footing an opponent at 6:23 of the period and grabbing the facemask and removing the helmet of an opponent at 17:24.
Casorso also received her suspension for a pair of third-period plays: a crosscheck at 11:11 and fight at 14:37. A member of last year’s Isobel Cup-winning team, Casorso is permitted to participate in the pre-game banner ceremony at the Beauts’ home opener on Saturday.
The NWHL’s Player Safety Committee is led by Kelly Cooke, a certified hockey official and former NWHL player. The other members are two-time U.S. Olympian AJ Mleczko Griswold; 2014 U.S. Olympian Josephine Pucci, ECHL VP of Hockey Operations Joe Ernst; and former NWHL coach Bobby Jay.
About the National Women’s Hockey League (NWHL)
?Established in 2015, the NWHL became the first professional women’s hockey league in North America to pay its players and share in revenue from select apparel sales. The mission of the league is to promote and develop women’s hockey, increase participation and interest in the sport at all levels, and shine a light on the role models that fill the rosters of all of its clubs. The league is made up of the Founding Four: Boston Pride (2016 Isobel Cup champions), Buffalo Beauts (2017 champions), Connecticut Whale and Metropolitan Riveters, and will add more teams in the coming years. Prior to its third season in 2017-18, the NWHL signed a landmark contract with the New Jersey Devils, who became the first NHL team to form a long-term partnership with one of its clubs (Riveters). The league also has a global broadcast agreement with Twitter. For more information, please visit NWHL.zone and follow the league on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook @NWHL
Contact: Chris Botta, NWHL – firstname.lastname@example.org