Wilgosh suspended 12 games

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Panthers forward disciplined for hit at Acadia on Nov. 30


UPEI Panthers forward Mason Wilgosh has been suspended 12 games by the Atlantic University Sport for a hit in late November.

Wilgosh received major and match penalties as well as a game misconduct for the Nov. 30th hit on Acadia Axemen defencemen Christopher Owens. The conference said Wiligosh was penalized under an intent to injure clause under rule 6.5 - head contact.

The conference announced the decision late Tuesday afternoon.

“We feel as an organization we can’t tolerate, obviously, that kind of behavior going forward,” executive director Phil Currie said. “We feel this is an appropriate amount of games or sanction in this particular incident.”

Owens, a third-year defenceman from St. John's, is recovering from a concussion.

Wilgosh, a first-year Panther from Winnipeg, has already served one game of his suspension and will be able to return to action in the Panthers’ final regular season game on Feb. 8.

UPEI is considering an appeal. It has until Saturday afternoon to notify the conference. An independent group will review the decision, if UPEI appeals.

“We certainly wish Chris Owens a complete and speedy recovery, but we’re not in agreement with the ruling,” director of athletics Ron Annear told The Guardian.

He said it doesn’t believe it was a hit to the head. The Guardian has asked for a copy of the video and Currie is considering the request.

Acadia coach Darren Burns said the discpline was in the hands of the AUS.

"I think they made a very educated decision," he said.

"I'm very happy Chris is up and moving around."

Owens is still following the conference's concussion protocol and has been unable to write exams.

For more see Wednesday's print edition of The Guardian.

Organizations: Atlantic University Sport

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Recent comments

  • Panther Fan
    December 14, 2012 - 17:32

    I have to say that I was very surprised when I heard the severity of this suspension. As a follower of the hockey Panthers I have spoken to several people who were in attendance at this game and from all accounts this was not an intentional hit. I have heard from several people in the hockey community that they are surprised that the University has not appealed this decision. In my opinion - this is a situation where the A.D. should back his player and coaching staff by appealing the suspension if the coaches, and those with the benefit of video evidence, feel the suspension is unwarranted.

  • Hockey Fan
    December 14, 2012 - 11:47

    As a fan of the UPEI hockey program i have enjoyed watching Mason Wilgosh play the first half of the 2012 regular season. He is a player with high character that gives his all everytime he sets his skates on the ice. I beleive it is our obligation as a university communtiy to provide support to a young athlete that is being used as a scapegoat for the AUS. We need to appeal the 12 game suspension! Hockey fan

  • Video Proof
    December 12, 2012 - 20:34

    Wilgosh is a very intense hockey player. Every shift is 110%. Mason is not a dirty hockey player. I believe I read on the CIS blog or the Halifax Chronicle that Mason did email Chris mentioning that he did not intentionally try to hurt him. Owen responded that it was all part of hockey and that he was okay, and to have a good break. I do not condone deliberate hits to the head, but I believe Mason is being made a scapegoat of the AUS. I strongly believe Ron Annnear as athletic director at the University of PEI has a very strong moral obligation to get a video copy of this game with the hit and seriously have it analysed to see if this was or was not a hit to the head; and whether this was a deliberate attempt to injure or as was reported somewhere as a half check. As athletic director, Ron, you do have the right and the obligation to follow this through for Mason. He deserves this much from the University. Mason mentioned in a comment that he felt he did not check to the head. The video tape should be gone over with Mason, and I feel he will accept what he sees on the video and accept the consequences (which by the way are very severe) and learn from this incident; or if the video shows any conflicting circumstances on a deliberate; intentional hit to the head, then I think the appeal should be made on his behalf and everything done to overturn the suspension. If the decision stands, we will miss you Mason in the stands!