The Texas Amateur Hockey Association issued suspensions to Keller's Braxton Mills and Arlington Martin's Jeff SoRelle for their roles in a brawl during the Silver Division state championship match last month.
TAHA suspended Mills from all USA Hockey activities for two-and-a-half years, while SoRelle is banned for two years. Both high school seniors have until April 24 to appeal the decision, and the suspensions may be reviewed after one year upon application for reinstatement.
The suspensions stem from an ugly altercation toward the end of the championship match March 27 at Dr Pepper StarCenter in Farmers Branch. Keller won in a blowout, 9-3.
An elbow penalty by Martin's Blaine Key along the end boards turned into a mass of players pushing and shoving. SoRelle came out of the penalty box to lay a blindside hit on a Keller player against the boards.
SoRelle was then punched by Mills -- who skated full speed from the other side of the rink -- and suffered a concussion and a broken jaw. Mills had been sent off the ice earlier in the game and re-entered to issue the retaliation, AT&T Metroplex High School Hockey League commissioner David Ambler said.