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Nipissing D-man barred from hockey for rest of university days

Nipissing University Lakers defenceman Brett Cook has been banned from competition for the rest of his university career by Ontario University Athletics for punching an official.

Ontario University Athletics punishes Brett Cook for punching official

Brett Cook, left, seen in May 2012 as a member of the Ontario Hockey League's London Knights, will never play another Canadian university hockey game after punching a game official. (Jacques Boissinot/Canadian Press)

Nipissing University Lakers defenceman Brett Cook has been banned from competition for the rest of his university career by Ontario University Athletics for punching an official.

The incident occurred in a Feb. 23 game between Nipissing and the University of Quebec in Trois-Rivieres. Linesman Nicolas Piche interrupted a fight by wrapping his arms around Cook and steering him towards the Nipissing bench.

When Piche prevented Cook from joining another scrum that had broken out, the defenceman punched Piche in the face and knocked him to the ice.

After reviewing the incident, the OUA banned Cook from participating in any competition sanctioned by the conference for the remainder of his university career.

Cook, 21, is in his first year at Nipissing following five seasons in the Ontario Hockey League with Erie and London.

He helped the Knights win the 2011-12 OHL title.