OHL bans Zanetti from playoffs
|67's captain Marc Zanetti was suspended for the balance of the OHL playoffs as a result of a kicking incident. (Matthew Usherwood/QMI Agency)
Marc Zanetti's Ontario Hockey League career came to a premature end Tuesday.
The Ottawa 67's captain and overage defenceman was suspended for the balance of the OHL playoffs as a result of a kicking incident in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference final against the Niagara IceDogs.
Television cameras caught Zanetti, a native of Richmond Hill who was playing in his final season with the 67's, kicking downed IceDogs forward Tom Kuhnhackl in the head following a goal in the third period of the first game in the best-of-seven series Friday in St. Catharines. The league suspended Zanetti indefinitely the day after the incident then issued its final ruling Tuesday.
Zanetti, 20, was suspended for five games earlier in the playoffs for a spearing incident in the pre-game warmups during their first-round series with the Belleville Bulls.
If the 67's qualify for the Memorial Cup -- they trail the IceDogs 2-1 with Game 3 Wednesday in Ottawa -- they can apply to have Zanetti reinstated.