Here is the official OHL release.
In making the announcement as the result of the review, Commissioner David Branch stated that…”players must understand they shall be held accountable for their actions. We must all work towards improving the level of respect players have towards opposing players and the game in general”.You already know our position on this. Dean and I both feel this is punishing based on the outcome rather than the actual infraction.
“It is the position of the Ontario Hockey League that player Michael Liambas of the Erie Otters Hockey Club be suspended for the balance of the 2009-10 playing season including playoffs”.
We tried to get Commissioner David Branch on the program last night but he was unavailable for comment because the league had not released their decision. Obviously we've already got a request in for him for our next show on Tuesday.
Mike Brophy of Sportsnet.ca wrote this piece today and Steve Simmons of Sun Media had this to say yesterday. Scott Morrison from CBC and Hockey Night in Canada wrote this and Ryan Kennedy from The Hockey News offered up his thoughts on Monday. Some very different views on the same subject.
In Brophy's story it's interesting to read this comment attributed to Branch:
"In the purest sense nobody is saying the hit was illegal, but it is our opinion the distance he traveled and the speed at which he chose to travel at did not demonstrate sufficient respect. If there is an injury then you are going to be held accountable."So basically, the league feels that the hit itself wasn't over the line but because a player was injured... not sure how you all feel about this rationale but it sets an interesting precedent doesn't it?