Jamie Henderson, who is the head coach of the Soo Jr. Greyhounds of the Great North Midget Hockey League, has been handed a conditional five-game suspension by the Sault Major Hockey Association, Hockey News North has confirmed. Henderson had been under indefinite suspension by the SMHA since the middle of last week.
The turmoil surrounding the Jr. Greyhounds began after Henderson clashed verbally with one of the leading scorers on the team, which is in first place in the Great North with a record of 24-4-3. The player reported the alleged incident to his family and Sault Major was made aware of it.
While conducting an investigation into the matter, Sault Major suspended Henderson indefinitely.
After the SMHA executive board met last week and again on Monday night of this week, it decided on a five-game suspension to Henderson that includes the coach taking an ethics course. Another condition is that when Henderson addresses players either individually or as a team, another staff member must be present. Also, if Henderson wants to coach the Jr. Greyhounds again next season, he will need to re-apply.
The Jr. Hounds have a busy slate of league activity scheduled for this week with four games against the third-place Sudbury Nickel Capital Wolves including home matches on Friday at 8:30 p.m. at GFL Memorial Gardens, Saturday at 12:30 p.m. at John Rhodes Community Center and Sunday at 1:00 p.m., also at the Rhodes.