No discipline for hit on Attack captain
TERRY KOSHAN, QMI Agency
No regrets for Dale DeGray on Thursday.
The Owen Sound Attack general manager requested formally that Memorial Cup discipline chairman Brian O'Neill take a closer look at the hit that knocked Attack captain Garrett Wilson out of the tournament, but O'Neill decided against any punishment for Mississauga St. Michael's Majors forward Chris DeSousa.
"You have to take that shot," DeGray said after learning DeSousa would not be suspended. "I have to back my players, stick up for my players. In that situation, Garrett did not have a voice.
"I felt there was some injustice on the ice and hoped that maybe later there would be some supplementary discipline. You take the chance to see if it will happen, it didn't, and you move on. No big deal." The request cost the Attack $500. Wilson, the team announced on Thursday morning, had concussion-like symptoms. Wilson was hit by DeSousa into the boards early in the first period of a 3-1 Majors victory on Wednesday night.
"I viewed the tape and the referees' report, and we had a discussion about it, and I did not think the check was anything other than a normal body check," O'Neill said. "Unfortunately, he hit his head the wrong way and the result was not very good." There was no penalty on play, one of several questionable non-calls that have put a smudge on this tournament. Majors coach Dave Cameron said he was not worried that DeSousa would be punished.
Attack coach Mark Reeds referred to Wilson's injury "as another concussion to our team." Hishon also out It was not just Wilson who missed the tiebreaker versus the Kootenay Ice.
Attack star Joey Hishon has been out since Owen Sound's first game of the tournament, when he was elbowed in the head by Ice captain Brayden McNabb.
That resulted in a one-game suspension for McNabb.
"Our guy is going to watch from the hotel room, and this guy is going to play and probably run their power play," DeGray said. "Is that fair? I don't think so. I really don't believe a one-game suspension for a hit on somebody who is going to play not even a full game in a tournament is fair." Reeds was practical about the absences of Wilson and Hishon.
"How do we move on?" Reeds said. "We're hockey players and you have to be men about it. It's part of the game, it's an unfortunate part of the game."