The London Knights of the Ontario Hockey League are no strangers to suspension this year – and now, they’ll have to deal without superstar forward Matthew Tkachuk for two games because of yet another one on the books.
Just weeks after the Knights lost forward CJ Yakimowicz to a 12 game suspension of his own, the Knights announced that Tkachuk – a top draft-eligible forward for the club this season – would be serving out a two game suspension for a slew-foot incident that occurred against the Erie Otters earlier this week.
Tkachuk received a match penalty for the incident in-game, but upon further review, the OHL has opted to suspend him as well. This was his second match penalty within a few weeks’ time – he also earned one for slashing Jordan Maletta of the Niagara IceDogs – and was the fourth suspendable incident the Knights have been a part of in less than a month. The team saw Chad Heffernan, Aaron Berisha, and Owen MacDonald earn suspensions alongside head coach Dale Hunter for allowing players to leave the bench in a brawl.
The Knights will re-gain Tkahcuk on February 15th upon the end of his suspension.