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Buonomo suspension announced (Updated)

Wednesday, November 07, 2012   by: Brad Coccimiglio

The Soo Greyhounds will be without another veteran defenceman for a lengthy period as Chris Buonomo was officially suspended by the Ontario Hockey League today.

Already without Ryan Sproul due to injury for the foreseeable future, Buonomo, who had been suspended indefinitely by the OHL for a hit against Ottawa on Friday night, has been suspended 15 games.

Buonomo hit 67’s forward Connor Brown in the latter stages of the Greyhounds 6-1 loss to Ottawa. The overage defenceman was given a major penalty for checking to the head on the play.

The suspension also includes the Greyhounds game the following night against the Barrie Colts, which Buonomo did not dress. Buonomo is eligible to return to the Greyhounds lineup on Dec. 12 when they host the Plymouth Whalers at the Essar Centre.

The league issued a video along with the announcement to further explain the reasoning.

The suspension comes at a point when they Greyhounds are without three other players due to suspension as they open a three-game road trip on Friday night in Kitchener. Defenceman Colin Miller and forward Mark Petaccio will both be serving game three of three-game suspensions from incidents on Oct. 28 in Guelph while Landon Schiller has five games remaining on a 10-game suspension.

Rookie defenceman Kevin Spinozzi is scheduled to return to the Greyhounds lineup this weekend after serving an eight-game suspension.
 

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houston 11/7/2012 7:27:58 PM Report

Dave Branch is ruining the game. Pretty soon there won't be anybody checking because players will be scared of getting suspended. Who is this guys boss anyway? Does he just do what he wants?
houston 11/7/2012 7:29:07 PM Report

Dave Branch is ruining the game. Pretty soon there won't be any body checking because players will be scared of getting suspended. Who is this guys boss anyway? Does he just do what he wants?
trj 11/7/2012 9:54:40 PM Report

I disagree. It is time that such "checks" as you say come with consequences.The video clearly shows a dangerous premeditated hit to the head. Now, what is wrong here? Is it the coach that makes that call or should i say that it comes to taking the player out by hurting him? There was nothing going on that Buonomo made this bad judgement. Who gains out of that? He, out with a lengthy suspension that will cause further hardship on the Greyhounds and the other player could have been badly hurt possible ending his career. Play hockey guys and maybe if you shoot the puck towards the net, it may go in sometime.
PipeBomb 11/7/2012 10:56:44 PM Report

Nasty Hit? Hell yes. Suspension worthy? FOR SURE! 15 games? Unacceptable. David Branch hates the Greyhounds and always comes down harder on us. Never does that to his boy Hunter in London though.
Cashmier 11/8/2012 9:18:04 AM Report

With the classic games being played on Saturdays due to the lockout, it is interesting to compare the differences between now and then. There didn't seem to be as much emphasis on hitting someone with the purpose of hurting them. Body checks are a tool players should be using appropriately to get an opponent off the puck - that is the purpose. Instead, with everyone equipped like a gladiator, it seems to be more about doing as much damage as possible. Lets get back to focusing on the purpose of the game - getting the puck in the other team's net!
tommy_boi07 11/8/2012 5:56:41 PM Report

While I agree with PipeBomb that there is a serious problem with the length of suspensions varying from team to team, I also feel that there is a serious lack of discipline on the team. This years Greyhounds have the potential to be one of the best teams in the league but are struggling because their top players are always suspended. Might I suggest hiring a coach that can settle this team down? The current one obviously doesn't have control of his players.
Maxx22 11/9/2012 2:47:55 PM Report

15 games??? really??? Its a contact sport people! If kids don't want to get hit or parents are crying because their kids are getting hit or picked on, put them in bowling, darts, dancing, ping pong all of which have no contact.
Speaking of which, Dave Branch is slowly turning the game into a dance competition, you cant even look at anyone out there without getting suspended. Let the kids play the game like it supposed to be played, hard, tough, Canadian style hockey!
And the Hounds having the potential to be one of the best teams in the league???? c'mon, really? Not even close, we have a bunch of local so called "superstar" kids whos parents have pumped their tires so much they think they are going to be the next great one. Crap I say! Hire a real GM and coach then see what happens
Oldie Goldie 11/10/2012 4:32:33 PM Report

After reading the column by the Soo Star sports editor about the Buonomo hit I have to agree that 15 games was too long a suspension.
What Buonome did warrant a Suspension but some suspensions handed down by David Branch were set by several factors.
1. The severity of the injury to the player.
2. The record of the offender.
3. Any loss of the player who was hit.
4. The replay in slow motion of the incident.

The player was not severely injured and continued to play.
Buonomo does not have a record of dirty hits.
The replay showed a suspension in order but with few of the other considered factions in play the suspension was like an Elephant trampling on a mouse.
In my opinion 5 games would be a sufficient penalty for that play.

Mr. Branch has shown a dislike for Northern teams in the League while suspensions for some of the Elite teams in the South have been meek and mild to say the least.

Branch could do a better service to the O.H.L. if he watched replays of what Officials call on some of our Northern Players.
thesharr 11/11/2012 12:40:01 PM Report

A dirty hit is a dirty hit,what if the other player did get seriously hurt,now what assault?The hit was uncalled for and totally out of blue.No big loss,I watched him play.
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