Majors’ DeSousa avoids suspension for hit on Wilson
MISSISSAUGA, Ont. — The Memorial Cup discipline chairman has denied a request by the Owen Sound Attack to hand down punishment on Mississauga St Michael’s Majors forward Chris DeSousa, whose first-period check Wednesday night knocked Owen Sound captain Garrett Wilson out of the tournament.
De Sousa hit Wilson into the boards Wednesday and the Attack said Thursday that he was dealing with “concussion-like systems” and would not play again in the Memorial Cup. There was no penalty called on the play.
“Discipline Chairman Brian O’Neill announced today that after a full review, the supplemental discipline request by Owen Sound on Mississauga forward Chris DeSousa has been denied,” the Canadian Hockey League said in a statement on Thursday.
“The Attack will once again exercise on the side of caution as it relates to the health of our players,” said Attack general manager Dale DeGray after Owen Sound submitted the formal request for a review of the hit late Wednesday night.
Wilson joined Attack forward Joey Hishon on the sidelines as Owen Sound faced the Kootenay Ice in a tiebreaker Thursday night to determine which team would face Mississauga in Friday’s semifinal.
Hishon, the 17th overall pick of the 2010 NHL entry draft by the Colorado Avalanche was elbowed by Ice captain Brayden McNabb in the third period of Owen Sound’s 5-0 over the Ice on Saturday night. McNabb was suspended one game after O’Neill read the referee’s post-game report and watched television footage.
Owen Sound has not formally stated Hishon has a concussion, but on Wednesday Attack coach Mark Reeds didn’t sound hopeful the 19-year-old centreman would return in the tournament.
“Truthfully, (Hishon’s) sitting in the dark, in his room,” Mark Reeds said “So that doesn’t bode well for him.”
Both Hishon and Wilson are important to Owen Sound’s offence. Hishon had five goals and 19 assists in the Ontario Hockey League playoffs while Wilson contributed 11 goals and 10 assists. Owen Sound’s captain also scored his only goal of the tournament against Kootenay on the weekend.
“Yeah, you’re without a couple key individuals but you better go down fighting,” Reeds said before Thursday night’s tiebreaker.
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