OHL hands Kassian 20-game suspension
Hit Colts' Kennedy illegally
Windsor Spitfires' forward Zack Kassian, a first-round pick of the Buffalo Sabres, has been handed a 20-game suspension for a hit in an Ontario Hockey League game on Jan. 14.
Kassian was handed a major for charging and a game misconduct as a result of his hit on the Barrie Colts’ Matt Kennedy who sustained a head injury on the play.
"While the league is persuaded that player Zack Kassian did not leave his feet prior to contact with the Barrie player, it is the position of the league that player Zack Kassian checked the unsuspecting Barrie player while such player was in a vulnerable position without having been in the possession of the puck," OHL commissioner David Branch said in release late Thursday afternoon.
"Players must understand that they shall be held accountable for their actions and we must continue to work to improve the level of respect players have towards opposing players.”