May 26, 2011
Attack captain out for rest of Memorial Cup
By TERRY KOSHAN, QMI Agency
The Owen Sound Attack went looking for a pound of flesh at the 2011 Memorial Cup.
But it came up with nothing.
The Attack announced on Thursday morning that captain Garrett Wilson had concussion-like symptoms and is expected to miss the rest of the tournament.
Wilson was checked into the boards by Chris DeSousa of the Mississauga St. Michael’s Majors during the first period of the Majors’ 3-1 win on Wednesday night. There was no penalty on the play.
Attack general manager Dale DeGray submitted a formal request for the play to be reviewed for supplemental discipline.
But on Thursday afternoon, tournament organizers said that after a full review, the request was denied by Cup discipline chairman Brian O’Neill.
“We need to stand up for our kids,” DeGray said. “I have watched the play, and he was vulnerable. The other player took liberties on him in a bad situation and it caused the outcome. (Wilson) is not doing good.”
Attack coach Mark Reeds referred to Wilson’s injury “as another concussion to our team.”
The Attack play the Kootenay Ice the tiebreaker on Thursday night — the winner will take on the Majors in the semifinal on Friday night and the loser will be finished — and Joey Hishon won’t be in the lineup either.
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.
“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.”