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