Lifetime ban socks Musselman

BARRE CAMPBELL -- Ottawa Sun

, Last Updated: 11:36 AM ET

SUDBURY -- Kyle Musselman paid a harsh price yesterday for his sucker punch on 67's winger Mark Marcari on Monday in Ottawa. Ontario Hockey League commissioner David Branch banished the winger from junior hockey for the remainder of his career, and also issued a $10,000 fine to the Wolves.

Musselman, who turns 20 next week, will not be able to play as an overager next season.

And if he wants to play for another league other than the OHL that honours the league's suspensions, he'll need to apply to Branch for reinstatement after Jan. 1, 2006.

Branch said in a statement that the league determined the penalties because Musselman was a repeat offender. "The (league) has expressed previously and has been consistent in its message that we are extremely concerned about blows to the head. This incident is a dramatic illustration of what the (league) must not tolerate."

The $10,000 fine was issued, Branch said, because the Sudbury coaching staff "did not exercise proper supervision and control in the circumstances, having regard to the record" of (Musselman).

Wolves owner Mark Burgess said his team accepted the fine.

"Kyle Musselman's a great kid and he's done a lot for our organization here, but it was an unfortunate event and I have to agree with Mr. Branch."

Mancari, who took the punch from Musselman with seven minutes left in Game 3, said last night the sanctions surprised him.

"I had no idea that it was going to be that serious," he said. "I thought it was possible it was going to be 15 or 20 games."

barre.campbell@ott.sunpub.com


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