Draft eligible London Knights forward Ryan Rupert has been suspended indefinitely following a two-handed slash to the midsection of Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds forward Nick Cousins.
After the Greyhounds iced an eventual 4-3, Cousins bumped Rupert in celebration. Rupert responded by swinging his stick wildly at Cousins, who fell to the ice.
The Philadelphia Flyers prospect was suspended two games for his part in the incident, which incited multiple fights and a near brawl that totaled 15 penalties after the final buzzer sounded.
“I’m not afraid to say it was a gutless act on Cousins’ part,” Knights’ Kyle Flemington told the London Free Press. “He skated right up to Ryan and bumped him. He was looking for something to happen. If he just skated to their goalie to celebrate, nothing would’ve happened and both teams would’ve left the ice.”
Rupert has seven goals and 16 points in 19 games this season. A suspension is expected to be announced later this week.
The incident comes in the same week Niagara Ice Dogs forward Tom Kuhnhackl was suspended 20 games for his hit to the head on Carolina Hurricanes first round pick and Kitchener Rangers standout Ryan Murphy.