Wenatchee Wild Coach Kevin Constantine Suspended Indefinitely by WHL
Wenatchee Wild coach Kevin Constantine has been suspended indefinitely by the Western Hockey League (WHL) after an independent investigation found that he violated the WHL Standard of Conduct policies by making derogatory comments of a discriminatory nature. The suspension means that Constantine will not be eligible to apply for reinstatement until July 2025 and would require approval from the WHL Commissioner.
The WHL Commissioner, Ron Robison, stated, “The WHL holds our players and staff to a very high standard of conduct at all times. We have extensive programming which emphasizes the importance of always treating players and staff in a respectful manner, and there is zero tolerance for any comments of a derogatory nature. Those in leadership capacities in the WHL, particularly our Head Coaches, are expected to set examples for our players and not conduct themselves in a manner that would impact adversely on the team environment or inflict damage on the reputation of the League.”
The investigation into Constantine’s conduct was initiated on September 24 after a complaint was received. This is not the first time Constantine has faced suspension as a coach. In 2006, while coaching the Everett Silvertips, he was suspended for four games and fined $5,000 for “inappropriate” actions following a 5-0 loss in an exhibition game against the Tri-City Americans. Additionally, while serving as an assistant coach with the Calgary Flames, Constantine was suspended for one game after attempting to join an altercation between a fan and fellow assistant coach Guy Lapointe during a game against the Edmonton Oilers.
Constantine, who is 64 years old, has had head coaching stints in the NHL with the San Jose Sharks (1993-1996), Pittsburgh Penguins (1997-2000), and New Jersey Devils (2001-2002). He has a record of 161-150-5 in the NHL.
The suspension of Constantine highlights the importance of upholding high standards of conduct in professional sports. The WHL is committed to creating a respectful and inclusive environment for all players and staff, and any violations of this commitment will be dealt with severely. Constantine’s suspension serves as a reminder that derogatory comments and actions have no place in the world of sports.
The WHL Player Advisory Council conducted the independent investigation into Constantine’s conduct. This council plays a crucial role in ensuring the well-being and fair treatment of players within the league. By conducting thorough investigations and taking appropriate action, the WHL demonstrates its commitment to maintaining a safe and respectful environment for all involved.
Constantine’s previous suspensions indicate a pattern of behavior that is inconsistent with the values and expectations of the WHL. While he may have achieved success as a coach in the NHL, it is clear that his conduct has raised concerns within the WHL community. The league’s decision to suspend him indefinitely reflects its commitment to holding individuals accountable for their actions, regardless of their past achievements.
Moving forward, it is essential for the WHL to continue promoting a culture of respect and inclusivity. This can be achieved through ongoing education and training programs that emphasize the importance of treating others with dignity and respect. By instilling these values in players, coaches, and staff, the WHL can create an environment where everyone feels valued and supported.
In conclusion, Kevin Constantine’s suspension from the WHL serves as a reminder of the importance of maintaining high standards of conduct in professional sports. The league’s commitment to creating a respectful and inclusive environment is evident through its zero-tolerance policy for derogatory comments and actions. By holding individuals accountable for their behavior, the WHL sends a clear message that discrimination will not be tolerated. Moving forward, it is crucial for the league to continue promoting a culture of respect and inclusivity through education and training programs. Only by doing so can the WHL ensure a safe and supportive environment for all involved.