MISSISSAUGA -- Brayden McNabb has been suspended for one game at the 2011 Memorial Cup for elbowing Joey Hishon of the Owen Sound Attack on Saturday night.
The Kootenay Ice captain will not play on Sunday night versus the Mississauga St. Michael’s Majors.
“Following review of the referee’s report, and watching all of the television footage of the incident, I determined that it was a reckless action by the player but not a deliberate attempt to injure,” Memorial Cup discipline chairman Brian O’Neill said in a statement released on Sunday.
The incident occurred in the neutral zone during the third period of Saturday’s game, which Owen Sound won 5-0. Hishon, a first-round pick by the Colorado Avalanche last year, was carrying the puck when he was clocked by McNabb, a Buffalo Sabres defenceman, in the head. The Ice defenceman was assessed a five-minute major and a game misconduct on the play.
Hishon did not practice with the Attack on Sunday. He was bleeding after the hit and had be helped off the ice.
McNabb’s suspension is the first at the Memorial Cup since 1999.