Supplemental discipline, for good or ill, tends to be intent plus impact divided by two. The Ontario Hockey League loves playing up that it gets out in front of the problem by looking more at the former when it comes down to cracking down on headhunting and reckless plays.
On Sunday, the London Knights' Max Domi indulged in a flying forearm against the Guelph Storm's Brock McGinn, targeting the head of a player who didn't have the puck. McGinn missed all of one shift after the headshot. Now Domi, who was in his first game back from the NHL's Phoenix Coyotes, will be sitting out for a week.
Domi's suspension was the shortest among a raft of suspensions meted out on Tuesday.
Max Domi suspended four games.
— Ryan Pyette (@RyanatLFPress) October 1, 2013
Max Domi gets 4 games for the elbow on Sunday. Personally I think he gets off incredibly cheap for a blatant attempt to injure.
— Steve Fitzsimmons (@playbyplayguy) October 1, 2013
There were calls for Domi to get a 10-game suspension, but my honest feeling was he would sit for 3-5 games since there was no injury. Some would also wonder about OHL politics, but that's tough to prove.
The malice aforethought here was kind of absurd, with Domi attempting something right out of WWE. Domi can rejoin the Knights on Oct. 11 against Belleville.
The other suspensions:
— Owen Sound's Stefano Pezzetta, eight games for a check from behind;
— Mississauga's Josh Burnside, six games for a boarding major/game misconduct;
— Erie's Cory Genovese, five games for a cross-check to the face of Windsor's Ty Bilcke that did cause injury.
Domi's profile meant his misdeed got more attention, but the other plays were arguably farther offside.
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