We all know the NHL playoffs have been physical this year, but apparently the OHL is experiencing some dangerous and reckless play as well.
Marc Zanetti, captain of the Ottawa 67’s, has been suspended for the remainder of the OHL playoffs due to kicking opponent Tom Kuhnackle in the head during game one of their conference final series against the Niagara Ice Dogs. Zanetti’s reckless play came after Kuhnackle scored the opening goal in game one, giving the Niagara Ice Dogs a 1-0 lead. Following Kuhnackle’s goal, he was knocked over behind the goal line and a scrum ensued. Zanetti then skated in and kicked Kuhnacki in the back of the head.
The video below depicts the entire incident, including a slow motion replay of the kick.
Despite being the 67’s captain and supposed leader, this is the second time in the 2012 OHL playoffs that Zanetti has been suspended. In round one, he was given a five game suspension for another reckless play where he speared a Belleville Bulls forward in the chest.
Should the Ottawa 67’s be eligible for the Memorial Cup, the league would consider allowing Zanetti to return if the 67’s file an application on his behalf requesting his participation. If they fail to qualify, however, the 20-year-old Zanetti’s OHL career will be over, with this being his last year of OHL eligibility.
Take a look at the video below and leave us a comment with your thoughts. Is this as bad as what we’ve seen in the NHL so far? Do you agree with the suspension?