OHL players involved in accident

TORONTO (TICKER) —A sudden rash of accidents continues to plague hockey teams.

One day after the team bus of the ECHL’s Elmira Jackals crashed, three members of the Ontario Hockey League’s Kingston Frontenacs were involved in an incident with a vehicle in Windsor, Ontario on Friday morning.

Defenseman Jonathan Sciacca, backup goaltender Anthony Peters and assistant trainer Kurt Pearson were injured while taking a walk at approximately 11 a.m. The Frontenacs still were in Windsor after facing the Spitfires on Thursday night.

The injuries were described as non-life threatening, but all three men were taken to the hospital and treated. According to The Windsor Star, Peters suffered a leg injury and was bleeding at the scene, while Windsor police staff sargeant Steve Bodri told the newspaper one of the others had an injured jaw.

Sciacca, Peters and Pearson reportedly were crossing Dougall Avenue near Grand Marais Road when they were hit by a car traveling south. The accident still is under investigation, but the driver of the vehicle likely will not face charges, the Star reported.

“They were running across the street and were hit by a southbound car on Dougall,” Bodri told the newspaper.

As a result of the accident, Kingston’s scheduled games against the Saginaw Spirit on Friday and the Plymouth Whalers on Saturday have been postponed. The contests will be rescheduled at a later date.

“We appreciate the support of the league as well as the teams in their understanding of this difficult and traumatic experience,” Frontenacs owner Doug Springer said. “At this time, our focus is on the well-being of Jonathan, Anthony and Kurt, and the well-being of our team as a whole.”

On Thursday, the Jackals were returning home following a 7-1 loss at Cincinnati when their bus crashed at 4:30 a.m. EST on Interstate 90 in Pennsylvania.

The bus struck the back of a tractor trailer and went down an embankment, seriously injuring the bus driver and causing minor injuries to several players.


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Updated Friday, Nov 30, 2007