Mariners could be appealing suspension of player who broke Rambler forwards jaw

Jody Jewers
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AMHERST - The Yarmouth Mariners could be appealing the 20-game suspension handed to defenceman Dakota Johnson on Monday for punching Ramblers forward Scott Bragg during a Maritime Junior A Hockey League game Sept. 24 in Yarmouth, breaking Bragg's jaw.
MJAHL?president Derryl Smith said Tuesday afternoon he had received verbal notice from Mariners general manager Timothy Garden-Cole, but until the Mariners send in written notification plus $500, as per league rules, he considers the matter closed.
The incident occurred at 9:44 of the second period of a 6-3 Amherst victory, where Bragg was issued a spearing major and game misconduct on the same stoppage. Johnson retaliated against Bragg for his spear of another Yarmouth player, and received what referee Jason Blanchard ruled a high-sticking major.
The Ramblers said it was a punch, and sent video evidence to the league. Smith ruled that Johnson blindsided Bragg, who was "not a willing participant in the exchange," with a punch.
Bragg has served a two-game suspension for the spear, and will be out of action for about a month. Johnson was suspended indefinitely pending a league review which concluded last weekend, including a face-to-face meeting between Smith, Johnson and Garden-Cole. Johnson sat out five games while waiting for the review to conclude.
Should the Mariners give formal notice, Smith said the matter would be turned over to a three-member appeal committee consisting of MJAHL?vice-presidents Rod Clark of Fredericton, Cecil Taylor of Charlottetown and Dave Ritcey of Truro. Smith would turn over all information complied during his investigation, and a hearing would be convened.
Smith said the appeal committee's decision would be final. Should the decision be overturned, the Mariners would get their $500 refunded.

jjewers@amherstdaily.com

Organizations: Mariners, Maritime Junior A Hockey League

Geographic location: Yarmouth, Fredericton, Charlottetown

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  • Vince
    February 24, 2010 - 23:45

    I would definitely launch an appeal, 20
    games is too many games in this case.
    10 games would be more in line with the
    punishment to be laid down in this type
    of infraction.(my opinion only)
    However I have been involved in hockey
    for over 30 years and have seen far
    worse incidents receiving less.
    May the league review the way and
    system of handing out justice.

  • AGIRL
    February 24, 2010 - 23:45

    Maybe they should take into consideration how many games Bragg is going to have to miss to have surgery and reconstruct his Jaw and then times that by two.. that would be a suitable punishment for a cheap shot. It would be extremly unfair that Johnson could be back on the ice before Bragg was.