Whalers Lose Jones and Curcuruto To Suspension

Posted: October 21, 2014 in 2014-15, OHL News, Whalers

The east coast road trip was not kind to the Whalers defense as the OHL announces suspensions on both Mitch Jones and Gianluca Curcuruto.

From the OHL Press Release:

The Ontario Hockey League today announced the result of a review of an incident which took place in a game played in Kingston on the 17th of October, 2014, involving the Frontenacs and the visiting Plymouth Whalers Hockey Club.

The incident reviewed was a checking to the head infraction involving player Mitch Jones of the Plymouth Whalers Hockey Club.

Based on such review, it is the position of the League that player Mitch Jones shall be suspended for eight (8) games.

Click here for video/rationale of the Mitch Jones suspension.

Yes, Jones sends a check to the head and had some time to try to avoid hitting the head. I’m not saying Jones was aiming for the head, it looked to me that the player had his head lowered. Jones need to realize that and adjust his target. The Whalers will miss him in the lineup until they take on the Otters in Erie on the 30th.

From the Press Release:

The Ontario Hockey League today announced the result of a review of an incident which took place in a game played in Ottawa on the 19th of October, 2014, involving the 67’s and the visiting Plymouth Whalers Hockey Club.

The incident reviewed was a checking to the head infraction involving player Gianluca Curcuruto of the Plymouth Whalers Hockey Club.

Based on such review, it is the position of the League that player Gianluca Curcuruto shall be suspended for twelve (12) games effective immediately.

Click here for video/rationale of the Gianluca Curcuruto suspension.

This hit got Curcuruto 12 games, and I am not sure how I feel about it. I feel that the player that got hit put himself in a worse position because he saw the hit coming and put his arm up to defend himself. However, still the distance and speed still come in to play with this. They should not judge based on an injury, but on the intent, granted which is harder to determine. The Whalers will have this OA back in the line up when Niagara comes into town on November 22nd.

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