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.
Its either acceptable or not plain and simple.
John, 2009-11-05 13:32:09
I did, however, see the run that Liambas took from the side board and cannot agree that the hit was clean based on that alone. In my mind, if the hit was shoulder on shoulder, it was still attempt to injure, therefore, I agree with the penalty.
I would like to see a standard suspension for all incidents of this nature, where if it is to be 5 games, then the player sits out until the victim returns to play, plus the 5 game suspension. Sadly, in this case, the result would most likely be the same.
I only hope for Faneli recovers.
am, 2009-11-05 12:24:47
Good call from the league !
People have a hard time differenciating between "contact" and "intent". You have to eliminate the latter before it's too late
Two careers ruined !
L B, 2009-11-05 11:00:35
To say that this was finishing a check is like saying that Steve Downie was finishing his check on Dean McAmmond of Ottawa. Most agree it was dirty - how was this hit any less dirty.
So I think the time of the suspension fits the crime. Fanelli is unlikely going to be coming back (at least this year) because of this terrible action. Does 5 games cut it - I think not! In the NHL it would be 20-25, wiith the player expected to come back afterwards. In my view, given how disguisting that game was 20-25 deserves to be the minimum suspension but since he will just come back and do it again - he may as well be sent home packing.
Paul, 2009-11-04 21:05:29