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OHL suspends Spitfires forward Josh Ho-Sang 15 games for hit from behind

Windsor Spitfires forward Josh Ho-Sang

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The Ontario Hockey League has suspended Windsor Spitfires forward Josh Ho-Sang for 15 games for his hit from behind on London Knights defenceman Zach Bell.

The suspension will take effect at the start of the 2014-15 season.

The incident took place in the second period of Game 4 of the Western Conference quarter-final between Windsor and London last Tuesday. Ho-Sang tripped up Bell from behind, and the defenceman crashes into the boards.

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Bell had to be taken off the ice on a stretcher and suffered a broken leg. He is out for the remainder of the OHL playoffs.

Ho-Sang received a minor penalty for the hit.

London won the series 4-0 and is playing Guelph in the conference semi-finals.

The 18-year-old Ho-Sang is considered a potential first-round pick in the upcoming NHL draft.

Ho-Sang was in the middle of controversy throughout the first-round series. In Game 3 he was hit with a high stick by London goaltender Anthony Stolarz.

Stolarz was given a two-minute minor for the hit, but handed an eight-game suspension by the league the next day.

In that same game, Windsor goalie Dalen Kuchmey took himself out of the game and drove home after giving up eight goals on 26 shots.

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