League upholds suspension of Mariners defenceman who broke Ramblers forwards jaw

Jody Jewers
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AMHERST - A three-member Maritime Junior A Hockey League appeal committee has upheld the 20-game suspension handed to Yarmouth Mariners defenceman Dakota Johnson for punching Ramblers forward Scott Bragg during a Sept. 24 game in Yarmouth, breaking Bragg's jaw.
The committee, comprised of MJAHL vice-presidents Rod Clark of Fredericton, Dave Ritcey of Truro and Cecil Taylor of Charlottetown, held a conference call with MJAHL president Derryl Smith and Mariners general manager Timothy Garden-Cole on Tuesday.
Johnson punched Bragg in retaliation for Bragg's spear of another Yarmouth player. Referee Jason Blanchard had ruled Johnson hit Bragg with a high stick, but the Ramblers sent video evidence to the league that Bragg had been punched.
Bragg needed a plate and four screws inserted on each side of his jaw, and is targeting a mid-November return to action.
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The Maritime Junior A Hockey League will assemble a team of all-stars for two games later this month as part of the pre-tournament schedule for the World Junior A Hockey Challenge in Summerside.
The MJAHL all-stars will play the Canada East entry Oct. 29 in Truro, then take on Belarus the next night in Amherst.
The roster for the MJAHL squad is still being finalized, and is expected to be announced no later than Monday.
Other pre-tournament games have Canada West playing Belarus in Charlottetown on Oct. 29, and Canada East facing Russia in O'Leary, P.E.I., and Canada West taking on the United States in Montague, P.E.I., on Oct. 30.
Tickets for the Amherst game go on sale today at the Amherst Pharmasave.

jjewers@amherstdaily.com

Organizations: Maritime Junior A Hockey League

Geographic location: AMHERST, Yarmouth, Charlottetown Fredericton Canada East Belarus Canada West Summerside Russia United States Montague

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  • jason
    February 24, 2010 - 23:45

    Good Luck MJAHL in the World Junior A Hockey Challenge