The Ontario Hockey League today announced the result of its review of an incident which occurred in the game played in Windsor on Thursday, January 14th, 2010 between the Windsor Spitfires and the visiting Barrie Colts.
The incident in question involved player Zack Kassian of the Windsor Spitfires Hockey Club who was assessed a 5 minute major and game misconduct for charging as a result of his hit on Barrie Colts’ player Matt Kennedy who sustained a head injury on the play.
In making the announcement as the result of the review, Commissioner David Branch stated that… "while the League is persuaded that player Zack Kassian did not leave his feet prior to contact with the Barrie player, it is the position of the League that player Zack Kassian checked the unsuspecting Barrie player while such player was in a vulnerable position without having been in the possession of the puck. Players must understand that they shall be held accountable for their actions and we must continue to work to improve the level of respect players have towards opposing players”.
“It is the position of the Ontario Hockey League that player Zack Kassian of the Windsor Spitfires Hockey Club be suspended for twenty (20) games.”
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