In the aftermath of the Ontario Hockey League Trade deadline, another wedge in the relationship between the Owen Sound Attack and the London Knights has been created.
On Tuesday following the trade deadline, the Knights claimed former Attack star Joey Hishon on waivers.
Hishon was a key member of the Attack for four years but was injured in the opening game of the Memorial Cup Round Robin and has not played since.
In the event Hishon did recover from the concussion he suffered on May 21st, the Attack kept him on their protected list.
However, on Monday, as per Ontario Hockey League regulations, the Attack had to cut their number of overage players ( players born in 1991 ) down to three.
The Attack kept defender Jay Gilbert, captain Michael Halmo and netminder Scott Stajcer and put Hishon on waivers on the understanding he was still not ready to return to hockey and under the belief that other OHL teams would not select him.
However, the Knights, who did not have a full contingent of three overage players, put in a waiver claim on Hishon.
Attack General Manager Dale DeGray was advised Tuesday afternoon by text message that Hishon had been selected off waivers.
And while the text did not identify the team that made the claim, DeGray stated he knew immediately which club did it -- the London Knights.
DeGray stresses that London did nothing underhanded in this case, but he feels a breach of protocol did occur.
The Attack General Manager states in a reversed scenario, he wouldn't put in such a claim, at least without making a phone call in advance to the team involved.
The Attack and the Knights meet in a home and home series next weekend, Friday January 20th at London and Saturday the 21st back in Owen Sound
When questioned about the issue, DeGray stated he has no plans to speak with the Knights about the waiver claim on Hishon.
at www.bayshorebroadcasting.ca, click the audio icon for comments from Owen Sound Attack General Manager Dale DeGrayscenario was reversed
[CLIP] clip 3 DeGray reversal
The Attack & Knights meet two more times on the regular season, Friday January 21st at London and then following night back at the Harry Lumley-Bayshore. DeGray was asked if he would inform the Knights of his displeasure
[CLIP] clip 4 DeGray vs London