Draft-eligible OHL forward Max Jones has developed a reputation as a power forward for the London Knights in his first season of major junior hockey, but he’s developing a reputation of crossing the line.
That resulted in a lengthy suspension on Friday morning, during the first round of the CHL post-season:
OHL suspends Max Jones for 12 games. OHL determines there was contact to the head (+ blindside + injury). pic.twitter.com/7NnpazG3zP
— Kathryn Jean (@msconduct) April 1, 2016
Jones was ejected from London’s game against the Owen Sound Attack on Wednesday, when he hit Owen Sound winger Justin Brack from the blindside with an open ice check determined to have resulted in injury on the play.
As a result, the 18-year-old forward has been given a 12-game suspension, with the OHL’s disciplinary committee citing both the blindside angle to the hit and the resulting injury in their explanation for the suspension.
Jones is heading for the 2016 NHL Entry Draft this summer after his first successful year of OHL hockey, and many believed he’s headed for the first round. The question after his suspension, though, is whether the heavy-hitting forward is too much of a risk to take with a high pick.
London will next face Owen Sound tonight, looking to take a fourth and final game in the playoff series to advance past the first round. So far, only one post-season OHL series has been completed, as the Erie Otters swept the Saginaw Spirit with four straight wins earlier this week.
Editor’s note: A correction was made to this story to change the phrasing from ‘intent to injure’ to ‘have resulted in injury on the play’.