Breaking curfew costs IceDogs

TERRY KOSHAN -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 7:34 AM ET

Greg Gilbert had no choice.

In keeping with his belief that no member of the Mississauga IceDogs is more important than the next, Gilbert levied three-game suspensions to three of his veteran players, including captain Patrick O'Sullivan, after the trio broke curfew.

"Everybody is one piece of this club," Gilbert, the IceDogs coach, said yesterday. "We're not out to control them but to teach them about self-discipline. I'm surprised at all of them. Absolutely, it's disappointing."

Also suspended were veterans John Hecimovic and Daniel Carcillo, who were acquired from the Sarnia Sting in October.

Carcillo simultaneously has been suspended by the Ontario Hockey League for a cross-checking major against the Sudbury Wolves on Jan. 14.

Gilbert said the three blew curfew "by hours"after a 5-3 loss to the Brampton Battalion at the Hershey Centre on Friday night.

O'Sullivan, a second-round pick of the Minnesota Wild in 2003 and a three-time member of the U.S. junior team, has had a few non-hockey-related issues to deal with in Mississauga during the past couple of years.

O'Sullivan was fairly tight-lipped about the curfew violation and subsequent suspension when he was reached yesterday.

"It hurts the team and that's the worst part of this," O'Sullivan said. "I have to be accountable. It's something to deal with and move on. That's all I want to say about it."

Will O'Sullivan be stripped of his captaincy?

"We haven't decided on that yet," Gilbert said.

The suspensions went into effect prior to Mississauga's 5-2 win over the Plymouth Whalers on Sunday, and will include games against the Kingston Frontenacs on Friday and the Wolves on Saturday.

O'Sullivan and Hecimovic will return to action on Sunday against the Guelph Storm but Carcillo's status is up in the air. The league is expected to announce a suspension in the coming days.

AROUND THE LEAGUE

London Knights coach Dale Hunter, suspended indefinitely by the OHL for mocking referee Joel Washkurak during a game last week, probably will learn his fate tomorrow ... Owen Sound Attack forward Bobby Ryan, who suffered an upper-body injury in the top prospects game in Vancouver a week ago, likely will be out of the lineup for another two to three weeks ... Since taking over as coach of the Oshawa Generals from the fired Bob McGill on Jan. 5, Randy Ladouceur is 0-7-1-1. The Generals, in their next game, visit the St. Michael's Majors on Friday.


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