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Knights' Namestnikov won't face further discipline for hit on Oil Kings' Wilson

Vladislav Namestnikov


London Knights' forward Vladislav Namestnikov won't face any further discipline for what appeared to be a hit to the head of the Edmonton Oil Kings' Klarc Wilson at the MasterCard Memorial Cup, a spokesman said Wednesday.

Namestnikov appeared to leave his feet and catch Wilson elbow-first with an open ice hit at the blue-line midway through the first period of the Knights' 4-1 victory on Tuesday night. No penalty was called on the play. Wilson was shaken up, but was able to resume playing.

After the game, Oil Kings coach Derek Laxdal called the hit "predatory."

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But he said the team did not file a request for supplemental discipline.

"We're not big on crying wolf," said Laxdal. "Fortunately, the player wasn't injured. We've moved on."

Knights coach mark Hunter said the right call was made.

"The Edmonton coach was making an assumption based on watching it live," he said. "It was shoulder to shoulder and it looked like (Namestnikov) threw his arm up and made it look a little worse than it was. But there was no contact to the head."

It wasn't Wilson's night. Late in the second frame, he had some teeth chipped by a high-stick from Knights' forward Seth Griffith.

"I just seemed to be the one getting all the fun stuff," the 19-year-old said.

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