OHL suspends Greyhounds forward Nolan for 20 games Staff

3/13/2009 5:32:58 PM

The Ontario Hockey League has suspended Sault Ste. Marie forward Jordan Nolan for 20 games following a fight against R.J. Mahalak of the Plymouth Whalers which lead to a head injury to Mahalak.

The incident occurred when the teams met on March 7.  Mahalak and Nolan fought, with Mahalak losing his helmet during the altercation and then hitting his head on the ice.

The Whalers will keep Mahalak out of the lineup for the weekend, but he is expected to return early next week.

After the fight, Nolan was assessed a 2 minute minor for instigating, 5 minute major for fighting and a game misconduct for being the aggressor of an altercation.

"The League is most concerned regarding the inappropriate and concerning actions of player Nolan and we must all work to eliminate these type of bullying tactics from our game," OHL Commissioner David Branch said.  "We are most fortunate that player Mahalak of the Plymouth Whalers was not more seriously injured".