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Man charged for banana throw in preseason

By The Associated Press
Thursday, Sept. 29, 2011

Ontario police charged a 26-year-old man for throwing a banana on the ice toward Wayne Simmonds of the Philadelphia Flyers during a preseason game.

Chris Moorhouse, of London, Ontario, was served a summons for engaging in a prohibited activity under the provincial trespassing act. If convicted, he faces a fine of up to $2,000.

London Police Chief Brad Duncan said at a news conference Wednesday that the offense did not meet the threshold of a hate crime or mischief.

A banana was thrown from the stands Sept. 22 as Simmonds skated toward Detroit goalie Jordan Pearce at John Labatt Center, about 120 miles from Simmonds' birthplace of Scarborough. Simmonds, who is black, scored on the play in the Flyers' 4-3 loss.

Simmonds issued a statement the next day, calling the situation "unfortunate." Duncan said police acted on a complaint by arena management. The information came "from a variety of sources," he said, including social media.

Duncan said Moorhouse retained a lawyer. A court date has not been set. He said it's the first action of its kind at the arena.

Flyers' Sestito suspended for hit from behind

The NHL suspended Flyers forward Tom Sestito for the rest of the preseason and the first two regular-season games for a hit from behind on New York Rangers forward Andre Deveaux during an exhibition game.

In the first period Monday, Sestito hit Deveaux from behind, driving him into the glass. Sestito was assessed a major penalty and game misconduct for boarding. The suspension will cost him $5,946.

Cataract surgery for Blues' Arnott

St. Louis Blues forward Jason Arnott is having surgery to remove a cataract from his right eye and will be out for a week.

The 36-year-old signed a one-year contract in July and is expected to add veteran presence to a roster built around recent draft picks. The procedure was scheduled for yesterday.

Arnott had 17 goals and 14 assists in 73 games last season for New Jersey and Washington.



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