Head Coach and General Manager Derek Smith of the Trenton Golden Hawks has been issued a suspension until the end of January.
A media release from the Ontario Junior Hockey League states that a “decision by a third party investigator has handed down [this] suspension.”
The suspension will conclude on January 30, 2024. The media release did not indicate a reason for the suspension; Quinteist has reached out to the OJHL for more information, but has yet to receive a response.
In the duration, Director of Operations Todd Reid and Associate Coach Tyler Longo will oversee team operations.
“We cannot comment on the nature of the investigation from the fall of 2023,” reads a statement from ownership and management. “We disagree with the investigator’s findings and we will be appealing the decision.”
The statement goes on to state that the Trenton Golden Hawks staff and players have “full confidence” in their coach and general manager.
“Smith and the Trenton Golden Hawks organization have the player’s best interest at heart. We will continue to support our player’s development on and off the ice,” it concludes.