It’s getting tiring to post about suspensions again, but here we go, 2 more players to talk about.
First, Anaheim Ducks forward Jean-Francois Jacques has been suspended for the remainder of the preseason and for 5 regular-season games. Jacques left the bench on a legal line change and started a fight with Vancouver Canucks forward Mike Duco. Earlier in the game Duco bumped the Ducks goalie and Ryan Getzlaf dropped the gloves with Duco but it wasn’t much of a fight. So maybe Jacques wanted to try and give Duco a real beating for the goalie bump?
Second, Philadelphia Flyers forward Tom Sestito has been suspended for the remainder of the preseason and 2 regular-season games for an illegal hit from behind on New York Rangers forward Andre Deveaux.
Also in that Rangers-Flyers game, Rangers Sean Avery threatened to kill Claude Giroux, which Wayne Simmonds overheard and didn’t like.
Then during the scrum after Sestito hit Deveaux, Avery throws a cheapshot punch at Simmonds who is down on the ice. After the game Avery said that Simmonds called him a gay slur. Simmonds has denied it.
More news relating to Wayne Simmonds, as the London, Ontario police have found the person who threw a banana on the ice near Simmonds in a preseason game.
Police in London, Ont., announced Wednesday they have charged a man in connection with last week’s banana-throwing incident which took place during a preseason game between the Detroit Red Wings and Philadelphia Flyers at the John Labatt Centre.
Christopher Moorhouse, 26, was identified as the person who tossed a banana on the ice while Flyers forward Wayne Simmonds, who is black, was taking his turn in the shootout.
London Police Chief Brad Duncan said Moorhouse has been charged with engaging in a prohibited activity under the Trespass Act. If convicted, he could be fined $2,000 (Canadian).
Duncan said the police reviewed the incident and determined it did not meet the threshold for charging Moorhouse with a hate crime. Mischief charges also did not apply.