Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Salters gets 5 games

London Knights enforcer Leigh Salters was suspended five games for his actions on Sunday against former London Knights' forward Akim Aliu. Here's the evidence.

I think that was a fair suspension because it seemed Aliu didn't want no part of Salters. After looking at the video, I wasn't surprises he didn't get more. These types attacks need to be out of the game. Some say that it's David Branch ruining "the sport" with what happened to Don Sanderson earlier this year.

This wasn't your normal scrap, Salters went after Aliu and kept punching when both men were on the ground.

In the London Free Press, on the video it appears Aliu spitted on Salters.

The Knights coaches looked at the videotape after yesterday's game, suspecting Aliu may have spit on Salters. "I have no comment on that," said Knights assistant Pat Curcio.

If this is true, I don't mind Salters dropping the mitts with Aliu but that doesn't mean to attack from behind.

"We have a history -- that's all I'll say," Salters said. "It goes back to the playoff series last year (when his Guelph Storm beat Aliu's Knights in five games)."

The London Knights had no problem tonight as they defeated the Kitchener Rangers 9-0 with John Tavares getting four goals and adding two assists. 61 is your lucky number tonight. The last person who dawned the number 61 for the Knights, Rick Nash, had a hat trick in the 3-2 victory over Detroit.

That's My Take

(Nathan also is a writer for Maineiacs Post to Post and the Maine Hockey Journal. He can be reached at

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