Barrie Colts goaltender Mackenzie Blackwood has been suspended by the OHL for eight games for a slashing incident on Dec. 4. As a result, the Canadian world junior hopeful will be forced to miss the first two games of the tournament in Finland.
The OHL announced the suspension in a statement Tuesday.
The Ontario Hockey League today announced the results of a review of an incident which took place in a game played in Sudbury on Friday, December 4th, 2015 involving the Wolves and the visiting Barrie Colts Hockey Club.
The incident reviewed was a stick incident resulting in a match penalty assessed to goaltender Mackenzie Blackwood of the Barrie Colts Hockey Club.
Based on a review of the incident, it is the position of the League that player Mackenzie Blackwood shall be suspended for eight (8) games, dating from but not including the game of Friday, December 4th, 2015.
Blackwood, who is 16-7 with 2.36 goals-against average and a .932 save percentage, was projected by TSN Director of Scouting Craig Button to make Canada's final squad.
Team Canada added goaltender Samuel Montembeault of Blainville and defenceman Jeremy Lauzon of Rouyn-Noranda to their selection camp later on Tuesday.