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OHL Notes: Battalion forward suspended for banned substance

Thursday, July 03, 2014   by: Brad Coccimiglio

The Ontario Hockey League announced on Wednesday that North Bay Battalion forward Jamie Lewis has been suspended for eight games for an anti-doping violation.

Lewis was suspended for failing a drug test in May.

The substance was methylhezaneamine, commonly found in supplements, is prohibited under the CHL’s anti-doping policy.

“Player Jamie Lewis and the North Bay Battalion hockey club were extremely cooperative throughout the process,” said CHL President David Branch in a release. “We are completely satisfied that the player used a supplement which he had purchased over the counter at a local retail outlet and had no knowledge that it contained a prohibited substance.”

Methylhezaneamine is on the World Anti-Doping Agencies Prohibited List, which is also recognized by the CHL. Methylhezaneamine is not found in any medications lisenced by Health Canada, but can be found in some supplements.

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MANTHA TO REPORT?

Reports have surfaced following the National Hockey League draft that defenceman Ryan Mantha will be joining the Niagara IceDogs.

Mantha, a fourth round pick of the New York Rangers over the weekend, was recently traded to Niagara by the Soo Greyhounds in exchange for a conditional second round pick in 2015 and a fifth round pick in 2017.

The Greyhounds selected Mantha in the fifth round of the 2012 OHL Priority Selection.

Mantha had made a verbal commitment to the University of North Dakota but Jeff Cox of sbncollegehockey.com is reporting that Mantha is close to signing with the IceDogs. Cox is reporting that academic issues were stopping Mantha from passing through the NCAA Clearinghouse.

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PETES ANNOUNCE CONTRACT EXTENSIONS

On Thursday the Peterborough Petes announced that General Manager Mike Oke and Coach Jody Hull have agreed to contract extensions with the hockey club. The extensions run through the end of the 2017-18 season.

Oke took over as the general manager of the team midway through the 2012-13 season after serving as the interim GM of the team for four months. From 2010 to 2012, Oke served as the Petes manager of player personnel.

Hull took over as head coach of the team in December of 2012 and has posted a 50-42-0-9 record with the team. Prior to taking the position, Hull served as the Petes assistant coach for a pair of terms, from 2005 to 2008 and from 2010 to 2012 when he took over the head coach position.

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PROSPECTS GAME TO ST. CATHARINES

The Niagara IceDogs will host the 2015 BMO CHL/NHL Top Prospects game.

The CHL made the announcement in St. Catharines on Thursday morning. The city will be the 11th from Ontario to host the event.

The IceDogs organization has seen six players compete in the annual event with five of them eventually being selected in the first round of the NHL draft, the most recent being Brendan Perlini, who played in the 2014 event Calgary and was selected by the Arizona Coyotes in the first round of the 2014 NHL Entry Draft,

The game will be played in a brand-new facility being built in St. Catharines.

Photo: North Bay forward Jamie Lewis; Aaron Bell CHLImages

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