The major junior hockey leagues in Canada are no strangers to players seeing suspension for dangerous hits – and now CJ Yakimowicz of the London Knights, a prospect of the St. Louis Blues, has joined the list of players who have seen missed games for infractions.
According to Ryan Pyette of the London Free Press, Yakimowicz was given a 12 game suspension on top of a match penalty for intent to injure Windsor Spitfires forward Mads Eller. Here’s the video from the incident, which was ruled upon this week:
#Blues prospect C.J. Yakimowicz was given a match penalty for intent to injure on this attack on Mads Eller: https://t.co/vgpBbG3Qes
— Mitch Brown (@MitchLBrown) January 31, 2016
Drafted 172nd overall by the Blues in 2014, Yakimowicz has recorded just six goals and 10 points in 43 games for the OHL’s London Knights this season. The 20 year old forward from Kingston, Pennsylvania will miss tomorrow’s game against the Niagara IceDogs and two other games this week; he won’t be eligible to return to the lineup until Thursday, March 3rd when the Knights play the Erie Otters.
Per Pyette, the OHL’s primary concern when making the ruling was that Yakimowicz removed Eller’s helmet, then ‘continued to interact with the player’.