Erie Otters RW Johnny McGuire‘s open-ice hit on Kitchener rookie RW Darby Llewellyn in Saturday night’s game has prompted an automatic review from OHL officials, league Vice President Ted Baker said Tuesday.
Baker said the league expects to make at least a preliminary ruling before the Otters’ 7 p.m. game Wednesday against Plymouth at Erie Insurance Arena. Baker didn’t rule out issuing an indefinite suspension if the review process isn’t complete in time for the game.
The league was awaiting video from the Otters of McGuire’s first-period hit, which led to a 5-minute charging penalty and game misconduct and reportedly left Llewellyn with a concussion. The game wasn’t available on the OHL Action Pak, the league’s broadcast television package.
League officials have reviewed the referees’ report from the game. Baker said the report remains confidential as the review process continues. Baker simply said the referees determined McGuire’s hit warranted the penalties he received during the game.
- Victor Fernandes