OHL fines Hunter $5,000

JIM CRESSMAN -- London Free Press

, Last Updated: 7:03 AM ET

The OHL chose to limit its suspension to London Knights president and head coach Dale Hunter to the two games he sat out on the weekend, but fined him $5,000 yesterday following his third ejection of the season last Thursday in Peterborough.

Hunter will be behind the bench tomorrow night at the John Labatt Centre against the Sarnia Sting after sitting out games Friday in Kingston and Sunday in Ottawa after being suspended indefinitely on Friday. The Knights won both games 5-0.

"You know how cheap we are," Hunter said jokingly when asked what hurts more, missing the two games or the hefty fine.

Hunter appeared before OHL commissioner David Branch Tuesday.

He was tossed in the third period of a 6-2 loss in Peterborough for gesturing toward referee Joel Washkurak that he needed glasses. The Petes had scored five straight power-play goals to erase a 2-0 deficit.

"You do the crime, you take your games," Hunter said. "When you play or coach, you have to learn from it and then you move on."

Hunter retired from the NHL in 1999 after 19 years in which he recorded 3,565 penalty minutes, second only to Tiger Williams, with 3,966.

Hunter was suspended for four games to begin this season -- two games after sarcastically applauding a referee during one preseason game and two games because Josh Beaulieu left the bench during play to instigate a fight during another preseason game.

Hunter was then fined $1,000 but escaped suspension when he was ejected a second time for gesturing Dec. 29 in Owen Sound.

A game misconduct to a coach usually carries a $250 fine.

"Dale made a commitment similar actions would not be displayed in the future and we thought as a league it's important to get him back behind the bench, within reason," Branch said in explaining how he arrived at the fine, rather than further suspension.

"The fine further illustrates the actions we saw are both unbecoming and unprofessional and won't be tolerated."

Knights rookie forward Jordan Foreman received the minimum three games for his gross misconduct in the Peterorough game after resisting a linesman. He has one game remaining to be served.

Mississauga IceDogs left-winger Daniel Carcillo wasn't as fortunate yesterday.

The former Sting sniper was suspended for the rest of the regular season for a cross-check to the head of Sudbury Wolves defenceman Adam McQuaid on Jan. 14.

The IceDogs have 23 games remaining and Carcillo, who turns 20 tomorrow, may apply for reinstatement for the playoffs.

He'd returned to the IceDogs lineup Dec. 3 after serving a 15-game suspension for a cross-check to the face of Matt Halischuk of the Toronto St. Michael's Majors that required dental surgery.

"Dan Carcillo is a repeat offender," Branch said. "This is his third major incident (four games for a stick incident last season while with Sarnia) and the league is extremely concerned with his pattern of conduct."

Carcillo, a Pittsburgh Penguins third-round draft pick in 2003, had 10 goals this season following 30 goals and 29 goals his first two years with the Sting.


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