As of today, ex-New York Ranger Ryan Hollweg has participated in 238 career NHL games, and 268 AHL contests. He’s made his living as a buzzsaw, a pest, as a guy who “plays on the edge.” He occasionally falls on the wrong side of that edge, as attested by his 349 penalty minutes in the NHL, and 627 PIMS in the A (he racked up 239 in one AHL season).
One thing you will note, is that the majority of those games mentioned above (read: all) have been played in North America.
After spending his 2011-2012 season in the AHL (Portland Pirates), and with the lockout looming, Hollweg decided to give the other side of the pond a go, and found himself playing in HC Škoda Plzeň of Czech Extraliga, the premier league of the Czech Republic.
I don’t think it’s a stretch to say that the European hockey leagues have less tolerance for cheap (er, feisty), dirty (um, aggressive), violent (yeah) play.
After three games, Ryan Hollweg has racked up 91 penalty minutes, and has already been suspended for six games, thanks to this cheap post-whistle sucker punch on Ronald Petrovicky, as shared by Matias Strozyk, the News Editor for Jatkoaika. (…Yeah I don’t know what that is either, but if you’re into following NHLers in Europe, he’s a good follow.)
Ryan Hollweg of Plzen suspended for 6 games – until October 21st – in the Czech Extraliga after a solid 91 PIM in 3gp. bit.ly/VyVzK9
— Matias Strozyk (@MaStrozyk) October 4, 2012
On a lighter note, Ryan Hollweg really likes music.
(Seriously, he likes music.)