Footage of the incident that led to the Peterborough Petes' Josh Maguire receiving a five-game OHL suspension for what league calls a "bullying action" has finally materialized.
Watching it again, after having seen it unfold in real time, it is hard to see why there was any hue and cry over the league's decision. Well, besides the sorry-for-being-cynical suspicision that National Post columnist Joe O'Connor came to his conclusion first and trimmed the facts to suit. The apologia for Maguire's misdeed cast the 17-year-old wing as a sacrificial lamb on the altar of "wider culture wars where kids aren't allowed to play dodgeball at school any more and where anti-bullying crusades are the norm."
Seven days ago, Maguire's Petes were about to go on the penalty kill late in the first period of Game 6 of their series with the Kingston Frontenacs after captain Connor Boland got whistled for tripping Sam Bennett. Playoff Hockey 101 says that the team getting the gate will try to take a man with it. Conversely, it's a cardinal sin for a player on the other side to negate the power play.
Maguire appeared to exchange words with the Frontenacs' Spencer Watson, but an official skated in between them. Moments later, as a shoving began between Bennett and the Petes' Matt McCartney, Maguire skated across the ice and began punching Henri Ikonen, who held on to his gloves stick. Clearly, neither Kingston player was willing to take the bait.Read More »from No, Peterborough Petes’ Josh Maguire was not ‘a victim of wider culture wars’