Knights send player home

MORRIS DALLA COSTA -- London Free Press

, Last Updated: 8:57 AM ET

Dylan Hunter, Rob Schremp, David Bolland and Adam Dennis have gone to the 2006 Ontario Hockey League all-star game in Belleville for the London Knights.

Matt Davis has gone home.

Davis, a Hamilton native acquired in the fifth round of the 2004 OHL draft, was sent home yesterday because of off-ice discipline problems.

"There were issues with school and curfews," Knights general manager Mark Hunter said. "He's been sent home and I don't know if he'll be back."

In six games with the Knights, Davis had one goal and 19 minutes in penalties.

Mark Hunter handled yesterday's practice by the Knights.

Joining the four players in Belleville for the all-star game are the Knights coaching and training staff. Head coach Dale Hunter, assistant coaches Jacques Beaulieu and Jeff Perry will handle the same duties for the Western Conference all-stars. Also there are trainer Don Brankley and equipment manager Chris Maton.

But with the American Hockey League also on its all-star break, several former Knights are back at the John Labatt Centre working out. They include Marc Methot, Danny Syvret, Drew Larman and Brandon Prust.

The Knights will finally get a look at 19-year-old Slovakian defenceman David Halasz this weekend. Halasz was acquired by the Knights from the Oshawa Generals at the trade deadline, but a knee injury has kept him out of the lineup.

Halasz, a third-year defender has only played 18 games this season. He cost the Knights a sixth-round pick in the 2007 OHL draft and the rights to import Karel Kubat.

The Knights will need that depth on the blue-line. They play three games in less than 72 hours. On Friday, they play the Erie Otters and Saturday the Kingston Frontenacs, both at the John Labatt Centre. The Knights travel to Mississauga for a 2 p.m. game against the IceDogs on Sunday.

With three games in less than three days and Dennis participating in all-star activities in Belleville, Steve Mason might get a start in place of Dennis. Dennis has started 43 games in succession.


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