The Portland Pirates will be without the services of forward Cody McCormick after he was suspended by the American Hockey League for five games as a result his actions in Providence, RI on Sunday.
McCormick, 26, was involved in an incident midway into the third period during a game against the Providence Bruins where he came off the bench, charging Bruins’ forward Brad Marchand. McCormick was given two minutes for cross-checking, two minutes for instigating, five minutes for fighting, 10 minutes misconduct for instigating and a game misconduct for leaving the bench.
The AHL suspended McCormick for leaving the players’ bench on a legal line change for the purpose of starting an altercation.
He will miss the rest of the month of October with the Pirates, who begin a crucial three-in-three weekend in Virginia, taking on the Norfolk Admirals.
Meanwhile, the Portland Pirates announced this morning that they’ve signed forward Kyle Wanvig to a professional tryout.
Wanvig was with the Pirates during training camp where he was the team’s leading scoring in three exhibition games, but was released by the Pirates after they didn’t have enough roster spots available.
With the Pirates struggles on special teams, and loss the McCormick due to his suspension, Wanvig will be a welcomed addition to the Pirates roster. Last season, he spent time in Russia and Sweden before deciding to come back to North America.
Wanvig, 6-2, 210-pounds, brings some size and grit to his game as well as an offensive spark. During his last season in the AHL, he played for the Norfolk Admirals, where he was their leading scorer with 23 goals, 33 assists for 56 points amassing 110 penalty minutes.
Wanvig practiced with the Pirates this morning and will be with the team this weekend in Norfolk and Hershey.