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No criminal charges for Islanders Simon

By rob13     Mar 19, 2007 in Sports
What's a little high sticking among friends.
The Nassau County District Attorney decides not to file charges against Islanders hockey player Chris Simon.
In a March 8th game against the NY Rangers, Chris Simon used a two-handed axe swing with his hockey stick to attack the face of the Rangers Ryan Hollweg.
Hollweg met with Kathleen Rice,Nassau County District Attorney, to discuss this incident. Whatever Hollweg said worked in Simon's favor because Simon will not have to face any criminal charges. The only penalty Simon faces is a 25 game suspension.
NHL players have been prosecuted for previous on-ice incidents. The Vancouver Canucks' Todd Bertuzzi pleaded guilty to causing bodily harm and missed 20 games for a blindside punch that left Colorado forward Steve Moore with broken bones in his neck on March 11, 2004. And the Rangers' Marty McSorley was convicted of assault with a weapon for slashing Vancouver's Donald Brashear in the head with his stick in February 2000. Bertuzzi missed 20 games, and McSorley was given an 18-month conditional discharge.
Simon must sit out the rest of the regular season and the postseason, if the club advances. If the Islanders were to play fewer than 10 playoff games, the suspension will carry over to next season. The ban is the longest in terms of games missed in NHL history, and it's Simon's sixth suspension.
I guess since the Simon attack happened in the NYC area, it was probably deemed a mild attack and not worthy of prosecution.
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