Wingels suspended; Eager arrested

Wingels suspended; Eager arrested
October 22, 2012, 12:00 am
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A current Sharks forward is in some trouble for an on-ice incident, while a former Sharks forward could be in a much worse predicament for an altercation off of the ice.

Tommy Wingels, playing for KooKoo in the Mestis Hockey League, was handed a three-game suspension for an illegal hit during a game on Oct. 17. In a video posted on YouTube, Wingels can be seen driving his right shoulder high into the head of Vantaa defenseman Sami Kauttoa, who suffered a concussion.

Wingels signed with KooKoo in the second-tier Finnish league in early October.

Fast forward to the 44-second mark to see the hit.

Meanwhile, Edmonton Oilers forward Ben Eager, who spent the second half of the 2010-11 season in San Jose, is reportedly facing charges of assault, assault with a weapon and assault with bodily harm due to an alleged bar fight in Toronto.

According to CityNews, Eager and his brother Michael were involved in an incident with a doorman:
Jennine Lombardo, general manager at The Quail and Firkin Pub, told CityNews the fight began inside the bar and then moved outdoors. The doorman allegedly had to hold up a patio chair to shield himself from the attack.

"We are used to dealing with young professionals. Last night stopped staff dead in their tracks and is not typical of what happens at our establishment. Once the fight started, service ended immediately. Our staff was in shock. And we are concerned for our door man who was brutally attacked and hurt." said Lombardo.

She said the fight was caught on security video, which will be handed over to police on Sunday.
Eager, 28, has since been arrested and released, according to the Toronto Star.

Sharks head coach Todd McLellan will be the guest speaker at two evening workshops for the Positive Coaching Alliance (PCA), a nonprofit organization that seeks to combine winning with teaching life lessons to young athletes.

The free workshops will be held on Oct. 23 and 24 at Sharks Ice at San Jose, from 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.

For more information, visit or the Sharks' official website.