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.
The reason hockey has a "finishing your check" rule as compared to footballs you can't hit once the QB releases the ball is because it is just about impossible to stop when going at that high rate of speed once a player gets rid of the puck.
Players need to protect themselves at all times on the ice.
The new rules, the poor wearing of helmet, and the 21 vs. 16 year old all lead to something like this and branch is making a scapegoat out of a young man that was playing hard and DID NOTHING DIRTY.
These stick swingers and cross checkers should be tossed before someone who finishes his hit.
At the same time all our thoughts to the Fanelli family. It's just a terrible thing to see this happen.
Jason, 2009-11-04 20:12:22
" attempt to injure"
i missed liambas hitting fanelli square in the back and driving him into the boards and GOOD? an elbow to the head? did you even see the hit? it was a glancing shoulder to shoulder hit that is totally legal. i've seen rinaldo (london) do much worse several times with intent but his penalty never seems to fit the crime with London players. Branch made a horrible decision and now has basically finished another young mans career. i do feel bad for fanelli but you will see 10-12 of these types of hits if not more and harder on a nightly basis. if his helmet stays on i wonder if it lessens the injury and i would guess it would have lessened the penalty against liambas. i understand that you never like to see anyone get hurt but come on branch why would you penalize another young man so drastically for playing within the rules of hockey??
Mark, 2009-11-04 19:51:07