According to the ECHL release, Pelss, who plays for the Stockton Thunder, injured an opponent when he delivered a "two-handed, forceful slash, behind the play, to an unsuspecting opponent, causing an injury."
That sounds ... pretty brutal, actually, but because it happened in the ECHL, there isn't video of the incident available at this time. The league obviously decided it needed to throw the book at the 20-year-old forward and it did just that by banning him for nearly 30 percent of the season.
Pelss was a seventh-round draft pick by the Oilers in 2010 (No. 180 overall) after playing his junior hockey for the Edmonton Oil Kings of the Western Hockey League.
In 13 games with Stockton this season, he has scored two goals to go with three assists. He recorded only 15 penalty minutes in those 13 games and had just 126 during his two seasons in junior hockey.