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Toronto, ON – At its annual league meeting, the Ontario Hockey League Board of Governors took further steps in addressing player safety through the adoption of a “Blindside Hit Rule” whereby there will be a penalty assessed for those players who check an opponent from the blindside. Based on the discretion of the referee, a minor, major and game misconduct or match penalty may be assessed. Such infraction would also be subject to review and possible supplementary discipline by the league.
In addition, the league took further steps to address fighting in the game by lowering the threshold prior to automatic disciplinary action being assessed from 10 fights per player per season to three fights per player per season. Players exceeding such threshold will be subject to an automatic two game suspension, for each fight exceeding the threshold.
David Branch, commissioner of the OHL, joined Jeff Blair and Elliotte Friedman on Sportsnet's Prime Time Sports Show yesterday to discuss the stance the OHL has taken on staged fighting.
Below, read some of the changes the OHL recently announced...
via the OHL.
The Ontario Hockey League today announced the results of a review of an incident which took place in a game played in Ottawa on the 24th of October, 2012 involving the 67’s and the visiting Oshawa Generals Hockey Club.
The incident reviewed was a 5 minute major and game misconduct for checking to the head assessed to player Scott Laughton of the Oshawa Generals Hockey Club.
Based on such review, it is the position of the League that player Scott Laughton shall be suspended for ten (10) games, dating from but not including the game of Wednesday, October 24th, 2012.
Watch a video of the hit below...
from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,
The NHL will be keenly baring watch on a new fighting rule announced Wednesday by the Ontario Hockey League.
The OHL, starting this season, will target one-dimensional players who do nothing else really than fight. Any player who garners an 11th fighting major on the season will incur an automatic two-game suspension, the OHL creating a threshold system to discourage serial fighters.
First of all, kudos to the OHL and its longtime commissioner David Branch for having the courage to tackle an issue that divides hockey people like few other subjects.
from the OHL,
The Ontario Hockey League today announced changes to the date of the annual Priority Selection process along with some new player safety initiatives effective for the 2011-12 season following the annual summer meetings of the OHL Board of Governors earlier in August and the joint meetings of OHL Coaches and General Managers last week in Toronto….
A review of several player safety issues and equipment policies was also on the agenda and led to the decision that all OHL players will wear soft cap shoulder and elbow pads for the 2011-12 season. The decision is made in the interest of player safety and working in partnership with the CHL’s equipment suppliers in an attempt to further reduce the number of head injuries suffered each season. Furthermore in consideration of concussion awareness, the league will continue to reinforce player safety messages through educational videos while member club coaches will be emphasizing proper on-ice awareness. It is also the position of the Board of Governors that the league be more strict in the discipline of players who are repeat offenders for checking to the head.
more changes for this season…
From Jim Reyno at Metro London:
There’s been a lot of talk in hockey lately about concussions and their lingering effects, and whether it’s time fighting be banned from the game.
“I don’t know about that,” said Dale Hunter, owner and coach of the London Knights. “It’s in the rules — fighting has been part of hockey for 90 years.”
For 19 of those years, Hunter was a willing participant in that part of hockey in the NHL. Just 5-foot-10 but 200 pounds, in many ways Hunter was a concussion on skates, throwing his weight around (as well as a few lefts and rights) on his way to accumulating 3,563 penalty minutes — second all-time behind Tiger Williams. Consider him an expert on rugged play.
continued… with discussion specific to OHL matters and head shots
If you’re interested in watching or listening to more hockey than you ever have before, here are some ways to follow the junior hockey team of your choosing:
The WHL is offering WHL Live. You can buy anything from a single archived game to live coverage of every team in the league. There is an early bird special going on right now that will save you $10. So if you’re interested, go for it.
The OHL does not appear to have such an offer at this time. Most teams do have radio broadcasts, however, and you can find the list of those that do and the station/website that covers them on the OHL website.
I don’t speak French right now since my first class in that subject isn’t until next semester, but I did manage to Google Translate my way to finding that the QMJHL has a similar offer for live streaming that the WHL has, though their prices are a bit lower. Odds that the broadcasts are in English? One in a million. (So you’re telling me there’s a chance!)
The Canadiens hit the ice tomorrow night against the Boston Bruins, in what promises to be a spirited affair as players try to earn Jacques Martin’s eye and thus a spot on the roster. Of note, Jarred Tinordi and Louis Leblanc make their debuts for Montreal, with the latter sure to get a response on par with the praise lauded on Gui Latandresse in his first game years ago. Jeff Halpern will also be donning the CH for the first time in his career, and Aaron Palushaj, acquired from St. Louis last season in exchange for Matt D’Agostini, gets the start up front after scoring four goals in an intrasquad game last week. Curtis Sanford and Carey Price will split the net.
A non Habs note: good for the OHL for scrapping the all star game this season. The only reason these exist in hockey is to make money.
from John Chidley-Hill of the Globe and Mail,
The Ontario Hockey League has decided to pull the plug on its annual all-star game in an effort to reduce player workload and injuries.
Commissioner David Branch announced the scheduling change Tuesday during a media conference call previewing the 2010-11 season, which kicks off Thursday.
Fatigue was the main concern, Branch said.
“It was the number one factor as to why we chose to not have an all-star game moving forward,” said Branch. “I think that while the players loved it, it just gets to a point where we’re taxing some of those key players far too much.”
Toronto, ON - The Ontario Hockey League today announced the results of its review of an incident which occurred in the game played in Kitchener on Friday, October 30th, 2009 between the Kitchener Rangers and the visiting Erie Otters.
The incident in question involved player Michael Liambas of the Erie Otters who was assessed a match penalty for boarding as the result of his hit on Kitchener Rangers player Ben Fanelli who sustained an injury to the head on the play.
In making the announcement as the result of the review, Commissioner David Branch stated that…”players must understand they shall be held accountable for their actions. We must all work towards improving the level of respect players have towards opposing players and the game in general”.
“It is the position of the Ontario Hockey League that player Michael Liambas of the Erie Otters Hockey Club be suspended for the balance of the 2009-10 playing season including playoffs”.
added 1:48pm, In case you missed the video of the hit earlier, I have added it below..
From Sunaya Sapurji at the Toronto Star:
[Gregg] Sutch, the Sarnia Sting’s rookie wrecking ball, was born with what doctors term “severe to profound” hearing loss. He uses a hearing aid in each ear to help amplify sound, but finds that once he’s on the ice his biggest asset is his finely honed hockey sense.
“I’ve learned to be a better hockey player,” says the affable 16-year-old. “To play this game you have to keep your head up and know what’s going on at all times. Because of my hearing impairment I’m not able to rely on the people who are around me. I’ve got to know myself where they are (on ice).”
Making an Ontario Hockey League roster in itself is difficult, but for Sutch to have accomplished his success with a hearing impairment is even rarer still.
From the Canadian Press,
The family of a budding hockey star who died mysteriously last winter near Windsor, Ont., says he died of an underlying heart condition.
Mickey Renaud, captain of the Ontario Hockey League Windsor Spitfires, died in February at his home in nearby Tecumseh.
In a statement, his family says an autopsy determined that the 19-year-old player died of a condition called hypertrophic cardiomyopathy.
*Previous report on KK is here.
From Canwest via the Ottawa Citizen,
London Knights assistant coach and former National Hockey League player Dave Gagner is facing impaired driving charges following an incident in the southwestern Ontario city Wednesday night.
Gagner, 41, was involved in a rear-end collision about 10:30 p.m. ET Wednesday, said London Police Const. Amy Phillipo. He was charged at the scene when police arrived.
via The Record,
The Ontario Hockey League will force all of its players to wear neck protection starting next week.
The league has annouced mandatory neck protection must be worn by all players effective March 10.
Update March 6th, 2008 - 12:23pm ET:
A new group named “Keep neck guards out of the OHL” was created on Facebook early Wednesday morning. By Thursday afternoon, more than 180 people joined the group on the popular social networking website to sound off on the new regulation.
One group member wrote, “We might as well put the cage on if we have to wear neck guards.”
Another hockey player posted a note saying he simply won’t wear it. “I probably shouldn’t be in this league anyway but I’ll be pumping gas before I will wear a neck guard,” he wrote.
From Zach Bogosian at NHL Connect:
My name is Zach Bogosian and I play junior hockey for the Peterborough Petes in the Ontario Hockey League. This is my draft year for the NHL and I am currently rated No. 3 among North American skaters in NHL Central Scouting’s mid-term rankings. NHL.com has asked me to do a blog about my experiences leading up to the NHL Entry Draft this June in Ottawa.
You can read the 17-year old’s first post here.
From the Windsor Spitfires,
The Windsor Spitfire family sadly announces the passing of team captain Mickey Renaud at approximately Noon today.
“Windsor Spitfire Captain Mickey Renaud suddenly collapsed at his Tecumseh home and was transported to Windsor Regional Hospital with absent vital signs. All attempts were made at resuscitation and were unsuccessful at the emergency room,” commented Windsor Spitfires Team Physican Dr. Roy Diklich.
“This is the biggest tragedy in Spitfire history. Words alone cannot describe our pain at this time,” said Windsor Spitfires Vice-President and General Manager Warren Rychel.
*Renaud was a 5th round draft pick for the Calgary Flames in 2007
added 4:25pm, The Calgary Flames have issued the following statement,
It is with sadness and deep regret that we share the news of the passing of Flames prospect and Windsor Spitfires team captain, Mickey Renaud. Mickey died suddenly this morning at his home in Tecumseh, Ontario.
The Calgary Flames pass along our condolences to the Renaud family, Mickey’s father Mark, mother Jane, sister Penny and brother Remy. Additionally, we express our deepest sympathy to the entire Windsor Spitfires organization; Mickey’s teammates, coaches and staff.
CALGARY FLAMES HOCKEY CLUB
added 6:20pm ET, More on Renaud’s short career from the CP.
From the CP:
Oshawa Generals defenceman James DeLory has been suspended eight games for his spear on Sarnia Sting star Steven Stamkos. He’s among seven players and coaches who will miss a total of 23 games for an ugly Ontario Hockey League brawl that followed Oshawa’s 4-3 win last Sunday.
DeLory, 19, touched off the brawl by spearing Stamkos, the 17-year-old forward projected to be the first pick in this summer’s NHL draft.
Here’s the brawl that started it all: