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09-30-2004, 12:11 PM
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Kamloops Blazer Suspended 15 games

EVERETT - The fallout from Sunday's tunnel incident between the Everett Silvertips and the Kamloops Blazers was handed down by the Western Hockey League on Wednesday, and it was news the Blazers didn't want to hear.

Kamloops right wing Rick Kozak was given a 15-game suspension and the Blazers were fined $1,000 as a result of an altercation outside the locker rooms that left Everett trainer Bob Hamre needing six stitches in his cheek.

"I haven't talked really closely to Bob about it," Everett coach Kevin Constantine said. "I know there was an incident under the bench that happened, the league checked into it and handed down a suspension, and we'll accept what the league did."

With 2 minutes, 43 seconds remaining in Sunday's game at Kamloops, which Everett won 3-0, Kozak was ejected because of a misconduct penalty. At the same time Everett defenseman Cody Thoring was being escorted back to the Silvertips locker room by Hamre after sustaining an injury during the fracas.

Kozak and Hamre crossed paths in the tunnel behind the benches and an altercation ensued, with Kozak punching Hamre in the face.

Kozak told the Kamloops Daily News: "I was going to the dressing room and someone uttered some comments about how the Kamloops Blazers are a joke and shouldn't be in this league. I took offense to that and defended the organization and the team. There were some punches thrown and that was about it. I know I threw punches, I don't know if he did. I know the trainer put his arms up and I thought he was throwing punches. So I reacted to that."

The $1,000 fine was assessed for having inadequate security in the area between the teams' locker rooms.

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I just started posting this and saw you posted it at the same time!

15 games seems a stiff penalty.....

Anyone actually witness what happened?

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It really is a setup that needs to be looked at in Kamloops. The benches and dressing rooms are not directly behind each other, when players and stuff are going to the dressing room they have to cross paths in the lower concourse, which makes zero sense. Crap like this happens because of the stupid setup in the lower concourse.

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It really is a setup that needs to be looked at in Kamloops. The benches and dressing rooms are not directly behind each other, when players and stuff are going to the dressing room they have to cross paths in the lower concourse, which makes zero sense. Crap like this happens because of the stupid setup in the lower concourse.
It has nothing to do with that, that is how it has always been and there has never been a problem. The problem was the refs, they should have escorted Kozak (who had lost his mind at that point) to the room if they knew other opposing players were going off the ice. Kozak had just bounced a guy's head off the glass and asked just about everybody to fight (with no takers) by the time he was ejected. They should have done more than just send him off the ice, considering they were sending the Everett player back. The set-up is fine, Kozak and the refs just need to use their heads.

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The problem was the refs, they should have escorted Kozak (who had lost his mind at that point) to the room if they knew other opposing players were going off the ice.
In minor hockey, yes. In junior hockey, absolutely not.

There is security at these games. Once the linesmen get the players off the ice, they are done their job and the players now become security's responsibility.

As for Kozak, I hope Clark sees this as his third strike. That being said, I think the WHL should look more into if Everett's trainer did provoke him. If he did, then I think 15 games might be a bit stiff.

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It has nothing to do with that, that is how it has always been and there has never been a problem. The problem was the refs, they should have escorted Kozak (who had lost his mind at that point) to the room if they knew other opposing players were going off the ice. Kozak had just bounced a guy's head off the glass and asked just about everybody to fight (with no takers) by the time he was ejected. They should have done more than just send him off the ice, considering they were sending the Everett player back. The set-up is fine, Kozak and the refs just need to use their heads.
I could be wrong but didnt Kamloops get a new dressing room down in the Southeast (i think?) corner of the building? And the visitors use the Blazers old room, yet the benches stayed the same. So to get down to the Blazers room they walk down the tunnel, and turn and walk behind the Visitors bench and tunnel and down the hall. Anyways either way there should have been better security, the whole thing is a joke.

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Kozak is truly a total idiot....the kid has no head on his shoulders whatsoever. He got his A$$ traded out of Brandon because of stupid crap like this last year ex. Getting in fights in the dressing room, in the bars, on the way home from the bar, with the coach. He deserves the 15 games....if kamloops is smart they will say good riddance.

What a total waste of skill and talent. The kid had everything he needed to be a top notch power forward in the WHL and potentially the NHL.

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In minor hockey, yes. In junior hockey, absolutely not.

There is security at these games. Once the linesmen get the players off the ice, they are done their job and the players now become security's responsibility.

As for Kozak, I hope Clark sees this as his third strike. That being said, I think the WHL should look more into if Everett's trainer did provoke him. If he did, then I think 15 games might be a bit stiff.
even if he was provoked..unless the trainer threw a punch or challenged him to a fight...he had no right to do what he did

it's like jumping into the crowd because they call him a worthless piece of **** or something...he's supposed to let it roll off his back...I realize that isn't easy, but, still, it's a maturity thing, and at this level of playing, the maturity level in that area should be fairly high

and, if the refs knew an opposing team member was right in the way of him...and he was that insane with anger...they should have skated him a bit to calm him down before sending him off...in my opinion anyway...just like you don't let two fighters cross paths on their way to the penalty box

ultimately, it is security's fault...and Kozak's of course for not controlling his temper

I think 15 games sends a good solid message...especially considering his past record

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I could be wrong but didnt Kamloops get a new dressing room down in the Southeast (i think?) corner of the building? And the visitors use the Blazers old room, yet the benches stayed the same. So to get down to the Blazers room they walk down the tunnel, and turn and walk behind the Visitors bench and tunnel and down the hall. Anyways either way there should have been better security, the whole thing is a joke.
Blazer players enter/leave at the end gate of the ice. They do not go through their bench's respective door at all, unless of course injuries and such.

As for security, there's no need for security in that hallway. The Blazers dressing room is a good 150 feet away from the Visitors dressing room.

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even if he was provoked..unless the trainer threw a punch or challenged him to a fight...he had no right to do what he did
I'm not saying Kozak had any right to hit the trainer. However, if the trainer did verbally provoke Kozak, you can't hold Kozak 100% accountable while keeping a straight face. You also can't suspend a trainer because he is there for the safety of the players.

If Everett's trainer has any accountability here, either Kevin Constantine should be fined for failing to control his trainer's temper, or Kozak's suspension should be reduced.

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I'm not saying Kozak had any right to hit the trainer. However, if the trainer did verbally provoke Kozak, you can't hold Kozak 100% accountable while keeping a straight face. You also can't suspend a trainer because he is there for the safety of the players.

If Everett's trainer has any accountability here, either Kevin Constantine should be fined for failing to control his trainer's temper, or Kozak's suspension should be reduced.
oh yeah, I'm not saying there should be no penalty to the silvertips if kozak was provoked...I'd say a hefty fine and maybe even suspend the coach for a game or two since he can be suspended where the trainer can't

but I think kozak's suspension is a good call

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