Thread: Nick Cousins
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11-01-2012, 12:02 PM
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Originally Posted by ORYX View Post
I understand why he wasnt selected. Im stating I don't agree with it.

Because he has been charged does not make him guilty of anything.

Having him play in the subway series is not a distraction to anyone unless they choose to make it a distraction. He is a fine hockey player, is eligible for the WJHC, and leads the league in points.

For all we know charges will be dropped at his hearing on the 5th.

If he can play for the Greyhounds and wear an OHL sweater (at the OHL's discretion), not sure what the difference is in playing in the Subway series....

The Steve Downie incident, while a hockey incident, also cost his OHL team $35,000 and his manager his job, not so soft in the end. While Cousins incident is legal, like I said, could result in nothing, or wrongly accused etc, and he misses his opportunity to fight for a spot on his nations roster because of it. Alternatively, could be opposite, from a legal perspective. Thats why the justice system exists, you are innocent unless proven guilty. This is a case of Hockey Canada and the OHL deciding its okay for a player accused of a crime to play in their league, but not to fight for a roster spot on their countries team? Seems a little juvenile.

I hear what you are saying, but Nick hasn't done himself any favors. Especially when he has had issues in the past at hockey Canada events. He was left off of team Ontario under 17 team due off ice issues, who was coached by Steve Spotts right hand man. He has had a bad history of on ice and off ice issues. He was given a chance at a the under 18 tournament a few years back, but this year is his last crack to make it for Canada at the junior level. When there are many players of high caliber, I think most people on the selection group for Canada and team OHL tend to take more consideration for the player with a similar skill level and less baggage. Also with Downie, it easy to point the finger at him, but the guy he had his encounter with isn't exactly a great character guy (which is why he has been a journey man at every level and has barely got a sniff at the big leagues). Downie was a pure character guy on the ice and around the team. I just don't see the Cousins being a character player. Where there's smoke, there's usually fire and off ice and character issues have followed Nick around since as early as his minor midget days. Don't get me wrong I think everyone deserves a second chance, but I think his antics and poor leadership qualities have burned too many bridges for him. Time will tell, but coaches and gm's are pretty in the loop with everything that goes on and know more about kids than the average fan sees.

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