Logo of the OHL's Sudbury Wolves
Photo credit: BVM Sports

OHL Investigating Team After Accusations of Bounty Placed on Player

Published February 21, 2024 at 9:45

The Ontario Hockey League has decided to launch a full investigation after accusations that one of the league's teams placed a bounty on an opposing player. The team in question is the Sudbury Wolves.

According to Jeff Marek of Sportsnet, during a game on Jan. 18 between the Wolves and Barrie Colts, there was a hit on a teammate that the Wolves were not happy with. Barrie's Kashawn Aitcheson levelled Nathan Villeneuve. There was no call on the play as the hit was hard, but clean. Aitcheson ended up dropping the gloves with Sudbury's Nolan Collins over it. You can see the hit and the fight in the video below.

The two teams met again three days later. This time, Aitcheson was not in the lineup for the Colts, and there are allegations that move was made because a bounty was placed on him by the Wolves.

"According to those sources, word reached the Colts about the possibility of a bounty being placed on Aitcheson, so the organization made a decision not to play him." - Jeff Marrek, Sportsnet

Neither team was willing to comment on the issue. No word on how long the investigation will take. Placing a bounty on an opponent could come with harsh, on-ice repercussions from the league, and possibly even criminal implications should police decide to get involved.
February 21   |   154 answers
OHL Investigating Team After Accusations of Bounty Placed on Player

Have you ever heard of a bounty being placed on a player in a league you follow?

Yes9360.4 %
No5334.4 %
Not sure85.2 %
Latest 10 stories