TORONTO - Oshawa Generals right-winger Christian Thomas has been suspended 10 games by the Ontario Hockey League for a high-sticking incident Sunday.
The son of former NHL player Steve Thomas was assessed a match penalty and a game misconduct with just over a minute left in the second period of Oshawa's 7-6 home loss to the Saginaw Spirit.
While lying on the ice, Thomas swung his stick at Saginaw defenceman Brandon Archibald, striking him with a glancing blow in the helmet.
Archibald was not seriously injured on the play and returned to the game but the league said in its judgement Thursday that players must always be in control of their sticks.
A second-round pick of the New York Rangers in 2010, the 19-year-old Thomas has five goals and five assists in 13 games for Oshawa this season.