We may only be a few weeks into the new season, but the Ontario Hockey League has already handed down a handful of suspensions, some of which are fairly lengthy.
Before we get into the details, it’s worth mentioning suspensions in the OHL are typically longer than those in the NHL, for the most part. So if you think some of these plays should have resulted in lesser suspensions, that likely would have been the case in the pros. Although some can argue suspensions may be a tad inconsistent at time, more often than not the league favours a lengthier suspension. The OHL also doesn’t have the ability to lay the same level of hefty fines the NHL does.
Looking at the early season suspensions, one of which involving a goalie.
Niagara’s Christian Sbaraglia got his stick up on Oshawa Generals forward Daniel Michaud during the second period of Thursday’s game. You can see footage of the play below in a gif from Caitlin Berry. Sbaraglia is out of the line up until October 12th against
The Barrie Colts had a pair of players suspended in an ugly 10-0 loss to Owen Sound, with Tyler Tucker (3 games) and Jacob Tortora (8 games) letting their tempers get the best of them. You can see both plays below courtesy of gifs from Generals Live on Twitter. Tucker can return October 12th against , while Tortora can’t come back until October 24th against .
And then there’s Ottawa 67’s forward Marco Rossi, who receive a five game suspension for a dangerous hit in the season opener against Guelph. Video here courtesy of the voice of the Ottawa 67’s Kenny Walls. Rossi can return to the lineup October 11th against
Sarnia Sting forward Jamieson Rees received a six game ban, he’s eligible to return October 17th.
Peterborough’s Michael Little was suspended four games, coming back October 3rd.
Tye McSorley and Serron Noel of the Oshawa Generals are both serving carryover suspensions and can return October 5th.