Wednesday, February 7, 2001
London club asking for hearing
LONDON -- Suspended NHL defenseman Marty McSorley has signed
with the London Knights of the British league, but there is no
guarantee he'll play.
McSorley hopes to join his brother, Chris, who is the Knights'
general manager and coach.
First, McSorley must obtain a transfer card from the
International Ice Hockey Federation, the sport's international governing body. The
IIHF disciplinary committee was not scheduled to rule on McSorley's
case until March 5 in Zurich, Switzerland.
However, Knights spokeswoman Paula George said Wednesday the
club was exercising its right under IIHF rules for a hearing in the
next 14 days.
IIHF spokesman Kimmo Leinonen said the organization, which does
not have to honor the NHL suspension and could have issued the
transfer immediately, had asked for "documentation and video
evidence" from the NHL.
McSorley's one-year suspension for attacking Donald Brasher on
the side of the head with his stick expires Feb. 21. He would be
free to be picked up by an NHL club after that.
The Knights, who are in second place in the Superleague, wrap up
their regular season March 4. The team could play a half-dozen more
games if it reaches the playoff finals April 1.
"He wants to come over and get match fit and spend some time
with the team and his brother," George said.
She said the team would be interested in his services "if it
were only for one game."