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Was the OHL's suspension of Liambas too harsh?
Wed, November 4, 2009

STEVE SIMMONS, SUN MEDIA

The junior hockey career of Michael Liambas is over.

The Ontario Hockey League came down hard on the Erie Otters forward, suspending him for the entire season and the playoffs.

The decision came after the boarding incident last Friday night in Kitchener in which 16-year-old Ben Fanelli was seriously injured.

Fanelli remains in a Hamilton hospital, after suffering a fractured skull, a broken orbital bone and other related injuries.

What is your opinion of the suspension? Was it the right call? Have your say in our forum.

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Had Ben Fanelli popped right back up from that hit we wouldn't even be talking about it.

It was not charging. It was not boarding. It was simply a body check gone bad.
JC, 2009-11-06 14:56:17

The suspension is warranted. When you have a player who is still hospitalized and will not play again this year it is only fair that Liambas meets the same fate. In the heat of the moment you don't always think of the consequences but the OHL is making it clear that if you go over the edge you're going to pay for it.

I am not going to call Michael Liambas a goon because from what I've heard he's a pretty upstanding young man. That being said, he put that kid in hospital and now has to pay the price. If watching someone get totally pasted maybe you might want to get yourself a copy of faces of death, it's probably right up your alley.
Jon, 2009-11-06 14:32:25

There is no way that hit deserves a suspension anywhere near that long. There was no elbow, Liambas stopped accelerating at the hash marks, and if Fanelli wasn't hurt it would have been a stretch to call it boarding. Unfortunatelly Liambas is a victim of all the media attention that was created. It is also sad that the bleeding hearts are taking advantage of these TWO victims to further their own cause of trying to take hitting and fighting out of hockey. The next time you are at a game and there is a big hit or a fight look around the rink at the crowd, you will see that the majority of fans love it! A big hit or a good fight often results in just as much crowd noise as a goal. It is part of what makes hockey the most exciting sport on the planet.
Marty, 2009-11-05 19:44:14

Really, Mr. A. Patterson, do we have to have played at a high level to have an opinion? That's a bit narrow-minded. We all saw the same replays, and there are still so many opinions. That's all they are, opinions. Like a belly button, we all get one. Like a bell
Gord Dobie, 2009-11-05 19:17:58

beakie you should stick to father/son outings, you are far too stupid to play a real game of hockey. When someone charges 50 feet down the ice and does not let up when your back is turned he should never play an organized sport again. This idiot has a history of attempting to injure and clearly this was intentional
bill, 2009-11-05 18:54:34

the hit itself was clean. obviously there was charging involved, perhaps boarding could be argued, but the hit itself was clean.

the suspension is overly excessive, and obviously the resulting injury, and public opinion had a large part to play in the ruling.

Dave, 2009-11-05 13:30:04

"overage thug" ? why not "underage/under-developed player" why not "mute goaltender" for not talking to his D man and letting him know a man was coming?

its so easy for people to lay blame, but none are willing to accept that injuries are part of the game. Heck I dislocated and tore the ligaments in my shoulder during a father/son end of season game... maybe we should cancel all future games of that nature too.

the hit was clean, a suspension in regards to charging/boarding possibly, but this ruling is just too much.
beakie, 2009-11-05 17:49:50

I have seen the hit and agree with the suspension, this has no place in hockey anymore.
B Smith, 2009-11-05 16:41:38

Jim S..the OHL has always had a history of strong suspensions. It is the pathetic excuse for discipline in the NHL which fosters the lack of respect in all leagues. You could decapitate someone with your stick and you would only get 3 games max for it...no wonder every kid watching it on TV follows suit. The NHL doles out justice like the Canadian legal system..you do the crime, you get no time
Bang, 2009-11-05 16:23:21

i agree with the suspension. As a minor hockey coach I see lots of kids get hurt from cheking from behind or checking to the head and not once has it been a good thing.

The major problem with this game starts with the NHL, the only league in the world which condones fighting and excessively hard contact. Minor hockey follows the NHL closer than you think. When goalie pads were shrunk to 11" minor hockey followed suit, delayed offside, no 2 line pass, etc.

The NHL is the standerd and it refuses to take responsibility for this.

And, I will add they do not do anything for minor hockey. An example of this would be when they changed goalie pad size the NHLPA kindly donated a ton of goalie gear to minor hockey associations. guess what size the pads were? Yup, 12", illegal in the pros and illegal at all other levels, a ton of worthless equipment.

To the NHL thanks for nothing.
brian, 2009-11-05 16:09:35

The league is not only sending a statement to OHL/CHL players but also to all Hockey leagues, players, coaches and parents at all levels that this action is not wanted. What are we telling the kids if the suspension was any less? My seven your old son now has the STOP sign on the sides of his helmet as well as the back as per his leagues rules. Notice how every suspension gets worse in the OHL? These hits must stop.
Jim S, 2009-11-05 14:41:21

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