UPEI files appeal on Wilgosh suspension

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UPEI has appealed the 12-game suspension handed to hockey Panther Mason Wilgosh on Tuesday.

“Once university officials received notification of the 12-game suspension and reviewed the situation, it was felt there was unfairness in the process, and in the severity of the suspension,” athletics director Ron Annear said in a news release issued Friday at 5:40 p.m. “Therefore, we filed an appeal today in accordance with (Atlantic University Sport) bylaws.”

Annear said the university would not speak further on the issue.

The suspension was issued Tuesday for a Nov. 30th hit in Wolfville, N.S. UPEI had until Saturday to file the appeal.

The appeal goes to the AUS’s judicial committee. Chairman Ron MacDonald, a Nova Scotia lawyer, will review the files and determine the next step.

Wilgosh hit Acadia defenceman Christopher Owens behind the Axemen’s goal. Owens is recovering from a concussion and has not written exams.

Wilgosh, a rookie from Winnipeg, has already sat one game. If the decision is upheld, he would not be able to play until Feb. 8 – the Panthers’ last game of the regular season.

Organizations: University Sport

Geographic location: Wolfville, Nova Scotia, Winnipeg

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  • Reason
    December 15, 2012 - 10:33

    Surely there are some on the appeal committee with an ounce of common sense,and justice.Suspend a young man for half a season then hide the video is a sham,and a shame.Phil Currie talks about a patter.Where is that pattern SIR.Where is your sense of fairness and justice.You are the one that should be suspended.

  • Sports fan
    December 15, 2012 - 01:12

    I think the league should take into consideration Owens past hockey history with faking injuries and returning to the lineup ASAP. Example being Owen in junior when he played for the Timberwolves he faked an injury on a hard hit to have a key enforcer suspended for playoffs only to return to the line up for first game of the semi finals. After a supposed "hospital" visit. And of course Acadia would do everything in their power to have their best player miss exams with a phantom concussion making it obvious as to how they would argue the appeal. "Phantomly affecting effecting his personal life and school"

  • First Step
    December 14, 2012 - 20:49

    The truth will be revealed in the viewing of the video tape! As a panther fan, I feel that this needs to be settled before the New Year in fairness to Mason, the team, the university and the fans. I have felt from the beginning that Phil Currie is using this to set an example for the league, and Mason is the scapegoat. There were people at the game that feel there is an injustice being done here. I am glad that the appeal has been filed. I am confident that justice will prevail once the video tape has been reviewed.