Top NHL draft prospect Anthony DeAngelo of the Sarnia Sting was suspended eight games Friday by the Ontario Hockey League for harrassing or abusing a teammate.Follow @SlamSports
The league announced the ban, believed to be the first time in OHL history that a player has been suspended for a violation of the league's Harassment and Abuse/Diversity Policy against a teammate, after investigating for more than a week, according to the Sarnia Observer. The Sting initially suspended DeAngelo after learning of the incident during a game against the Guelph Storm on Jan. 31 then turned the matter over to the league.
"The matter reviewed was that of allegations of a Sarnia Sting player violating the League's Harassment and Abuse/Diversity Policy," the league said in a statement. "Based on such review, it is the position of the League that player Anthony DeAngelo of the Sarnia Sting Hockey Club did in fact make a most inappropriate statement to a teammate and shall be suspended for eight (8) games."
It is DeAngelo's second suspension under the policy this season but the first for comments directed at a teammate.
-It's a relief that it is officially announced and there is some closure on the situation," Sting coach Trevor Letowski told the Observer. "We fully support what the league came up with and Anthony has paid a pretty big penalty."
DeAngelo, an 18-year-old defenceman, was ranked 10th among North American skaters for the 2014 NHL draft on Central Scouting's mid-term list. He has 13 goals and 47 assists in 43 games this season.