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written by Nathan Simpson

On Thursday afternoon, OHL Commissioner David E. Branch handed down a 10 game suspension to Bruins’ prospect Dougie Hamilton for what was ruled an illegal hit to the head of Sudbury Wolves’ captain Michael MacDonald.

The incident occurred early in the third period during Niagara’s 5-2 win over Sudbury on January 13th, a game in which Hamilton also earned first star honors on the night.

Hamilton caught MacDonald coming across the trolley tracks with his head down and blasted him with the same type of hit that put Scott Stevens into the Hall of Fame.



Although Hamilton only received a 2-minute minor on the play for hitting to the head, further review by league officials deemed supplemental discipline necessary.

The league’s official explanation was that it was a hit to the head of a vulnerable opponent which resulted in an injury. The Wolves announced Tuesday that MacDonald is out indefinitely with a concussion.

Boston’s 9th overall pick in last year’s NHL entry draft, Hamilton is second in team scoring with 50 points (13G, 37A) and is a plus 19 through 34 games.

He will be eligible to return February 12th when the IceDogs travel to Oshawa to face the Generals.


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Nathan Simpson 1/21/2012 07:43:00 PM Edit

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