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Friday night in Lehigh Valley, Washington Capitals defense prospect Patrick Wey suffered what the Hershey Bears are calling a “day-to-day upper body injury” after getting elbowed in the head by goon Jay Rosehill.
The play occurred in the Phantoms’ zone. As Wey pinched and tried to keep the forecheck going, Rosehill elbowed him in the head.
“We looked at it at intermission there [on replay],” Bears head coach Troy Mann said to The Patriot-News’ Tim Leone. “It looked like it could have been an elbow. Wey was coming in for the puck, but I thought Rosehill threw the elbow up at the last minute there.”
According to Leone, referee T.J. Luxmore didn’t penalize Rosehill for the hit, which is reprehensible, so the Bears have sought supplemental discipline from the AHL to get Rosehill suspended. Late on Sunday afternoon, the AHL announced a three-game suspension for Rosehill for what the league termed an illegal check to the head.
Since the hit, Wey has not been heard from. He did not suit up on Saturday for Hershey’s 4-1 win over the Wilkes-Barre Scranton Penguins. He missed Hershey’s rematch against Lehigh Valley tonight.
The circumstances of the play are depressing considering how Wey’s 2013-14 season ended. The 23-year-old Boston College graduate received an unlikely call-up to the undermanned Capitals during the first year of his entry-level contract. Wey played well until his season was abruptly ended by a concussion.
Wey dropped his gloves with Predators’ enforcer Rich Clune, a veteran of nearly 200 professional fights. Clune knocked Wey out with an uppercut.
Many Capitals players found the fight objectionable, including Troy Brouwer, who said at the time, “Clune’s gotta know who he’s fighting and realize that if it’s a mismatch he’s gotta have enough respect for the other guy and the other team to settle down and not engage.”
Our thoughts go out to Wey. We hope he makes a quick recovery.
9:10pm Update: Troy Mann tells Tim Leone that Wey will not play in next weekend’s games.
“Weysie is going to be out here, probably, on a week-to-week basis. There’s no plans for him to play next weekend on the road. I think it’s justifiable that Rosehill got [suspended] three games.”
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