Hunter out for two games

MORRIS DALLA COSTA -- London Free Press

, Last Updated: 12:26 PM ET

Dale Hunter will miss the first two games of the London Knights Ontario Hockey League regular season.

The Knights' head coach will sit out a two-game suspension incurred when one of his players, Matt Davis, came off the bench to join a fight during an exhibition game.

Hunter will miss Friday's home opener against the Saginaw Spirit and the Knights' second home game a week later against the Owen Sound Attack.

Dave Gagner and Todd Bidner, the Knights' two new assistant coaches, will handle the bench in Hunter's absence.

The two-game suspension is automatic. Davis came off the bench to join a line brawl Sept. 8 in a game against the Windsor Spitfires.

The incident happened late in the third period. It started when the Spitfires' Richard Greenop jumped the Knights' Andrew Wilkins. Before it was over, all the players except the goalies were engaged, with Davis flying off the bench to join the action.

Davis will be able to play in the Knights' last preseason game tonight against the Mississauga IceDogs at the John Labatt Centre. But he will also miss the Knights' first two regular-season games.

Three other Knights will miss tonight's game with one-game suspensions for earning a five-minute fighting major and game misconduct in an exhibition game. Sitting out will be Corey Syvret, Kris Belan and Glen McCaron.

"Davis will be able to play because he did not incur a five-minute fighting penalty and game misconduct," said Ted Baker, vice-president of the OHL. "He was only given a game misconduct. But he will be suspended for two regular-season games for coming off the bench."

The Knights were also fined $1,000.

Greenop was handed a five-game, regular-season suspension.

"He went after an unsuspecting, unwilling opponent and the league considers that bullying tactics. It's something the league is trying to eliminate," Baker said.


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