Chadd Bauman won’t get the chance to play in what would be the biggest game of his young hockey career.
The right-shooting defenceman for the Guelph Storm will sit out Sunday’s Memorial Cup final in London, Ont., after he was suspended for the balance of the Canadian junior championship for a knee-on-knee hit against Val-d’Or Foreurs blue-liner Guillaume Gelinas.
“Chadd Bauman’s been a great soldier for this team and he’s a great kid. I feel terrible for him,” Storm head coach Scott Walker told the Guelph Mercury after Wednesday’s announcement ahead of that night’s final preliminary-round game between Guelph and the London Knights.
Supplemental discipline at the tourney is handled by the National Hockey League, not Canadian Hockey League.
The incident occurred in Monday night’s round-robin game, won 6-3 by Guelph. Bauman was lining up for a hit in the corner as Gelinas headed up ice, but the latter made a move and Bauman couldn’t adjust and they collided.
Bauman, who hails from Conestogo, Ont., received a five-minute kneeing major and game misconduct on the play at 7:50 of the third period.
The five-foot-10, 185-pound Gelinas didn’t suit up for Tuesday’s 4-3 overtime victory over Edmonton. The Oil Kings termed the injury “a contusion” and lists the rearguard as “hour to hour.”
Val-d’Or plays London or Edmonton in Friday’s semifinal.
“They’re trying to protect the players and as soon as he [Gelinas] got hurt, I thought Chadd might get something,” said Walker.
He added the 18-year-old Bauman, a second-year player with the Storm, took the news in stride.
“I’m sure he’s very disappointed, but he keeps it inside,” said Walker of Bauman, who played several games at forward this season, finishing with nine points in 66 regular-season contests and a plus-7 rating.
Rookie right-winger Marc Stevens will see his first Memorial Cup action in place of the six-foot-three, 228-pound Bauman.