Releasing video from Wilgosh hit to be a conference decision: Currie

Jason Malloy
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AUS will discuss at meeting in late January

The video used to hand down one of the toughest suspensions in recent Atlantic University Sport hockey history will not be released anytime soon.

The Guardian requested a copy of the video Tuesday after conference executive director Phil Currie announced UPEI Panthers forward Mason Wilgosh was suspended 12 games for a Nov. 30th hit on Acadia’s Christopher Owens. Currie said at the time he would have to think about the request.

“That’s not my decision to make. It’s more of an organizational question,” he told The Guardian Thursday.

He said it would be discussed during the conference’s next meeting Jan. 29 and 30 in Halifax.

Currie said this was the first time the organization has been asked for a video involved in a suspension.

"This is obviously a new thing for us, so I think we need to develop some policy around it." Phil Currie, Atlantic University Sport executive director

“This is obviously a new thing for us, so I think we need to develop some policy around it,” he said.

Currie said Tuesday the video shows it was a hit to the head, while Wilgosh and UPEI officials disagree.

Owens is recovering from a concussion and is not writing exams.

Wilgosh, a first-year student from Winnipeg, is not able to play until the Panthers’ last game of the regular season on Feb. 8.

The Panthers have until Saturday to notify the conference if it will appeal the 12-game suspension.



Organizations: Atlantic University Sport

Geographic location: Acadia, Winnipeg

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Recent comments

  • Seen it Live. Unbiased
    December 14, 2012 - 12:32

    I was at the game and seen the hit. I am an acadia student and fan of the team but to be fair this was not a direct hit to the head. I feel bad for Phil Currie... this video will get released at some point and expert hockey analysts are going to eat this one up.

  • CIRCUS or WHAT????????????
    December 13, 2012 - 20:57

    Phil Currie, conference executive director needs to give his head a darn good shake. This whole situation stinks! As executive director, you should be able to release this video tape and set up a tele-conference and get to the bottom of this, NOW. What are you holding out on, anyway, Mr. Currie?????? Doesn't take a rocket scientist to deal with this fairly. Release the video tape, do a tele-conference, and set the record straight whether you are right or wrong. Who benefits by discussing this the end of January? Just what are your motives, Mr. Currie? If Wilgosh is guilty of the hit, and it was an intentional hit to the head to deliberately hurt Chris Owens, then he does the time. Whether 12 games is justice is open to discussion. Throwing that extra 8 games at him was your doings, Phil Currie, and Mason and company have the right to request this video tape. Did you screw up, Mr. Executive Director? I think so, and I think what you are suggesting here is very unfair, and I hope it is challenged. Mason, you are the scapegoat of the AUS, and I think you deserve better. Get the politicing out of the conference, Mr. Currie, before you turn this league into a joke.

  • Wet Hen
    December 13, 2012 - 17:56

    It's not that many years ago that a young man from the Aigles Bleus was paralyzed from the chest down after running into the boards. The video should never have been shown on TV, but it was, over and over. As the parent of a former UPEI player, I strongly object to showing players getting hurt. It's just wrong!

  • nitpicker
    December 13, 2012 - 17:04

    If the video is being used as the primary "evidence" upon which the penalty is based, how do you not release it? If you don't, does the injured party really have a genuine opportunity to appeal? I have been a supporter of University hockey for some time, and its inner workings and decision making processes are still very much a mystery.

  • Discuss
    December 13, 2012 - 16:31

    Discuss it Jan 30 when the young man,s suspension is all but served.Is that Fair?12 games is almost HALF a season.Sleep well.

  • release
    December 13, 2012 - 16:24

    Just release the video Mr Currie if are so sure you are right.This is huge suspension,what are you afraid of?It was not the AUS that made the decision,why hide behind them/?

  • Piet Hein
    December 13, 2012 - 16:03

    It seems obvious that the video either backs up UPEI's claim or it does not entirely support the AUS claim and so after handing down the suspension the conference desperately wants to save face so is refusing to release the video. I fear it will take a court for this video to see the light of day. When an organization like the AUS has something to hide, it will stonewall, tell half truths - anything to keep from releasing the video. If the video really supports the AUS I would assume they would be more than happy to release it. The fact they won't leaves many questions for the AUS to answer.