TORONTO - The Ontario Hockey League has come down hard on Kingston Frontenacs defenceman Zack Fenwick.
He was handed a 15-game suspension on Friday following an incident that saw him sucker-punch Conor Stokes of Oshawa Generals during a 3-1 loss on Nov. 16.
The Generals forward suffered a concussion while Fenwick was given a match penalty for attempt to injure. OHL commissioner David Branch reviewed the incident closely.
"The league is persuaded that Fenwick did not intend to injure the Oshawa player, and although (he) has shown deep remorse, and such actions are uncharacteristic, they were most inappropriate and concerning and we must all work to eliminate these type of bullying tactics from our game," Branch said in a statement.
"We are most fortunate that Stokes was not more seriously injured."
Fenwick has four points (2-2) in 22 games with 26 penalty minutes.
He won't be eligible to return until Jan. 2 when the Frontenacs host Oshawa.