August 22, 2013

Connie Forey

Connie Forey was born in October 18, 1950. A graduate of the Ottawa 67's, he was a big player at 6'2" 185lbs and a good role player.

Forey appeared in 4 NHL games with the St. Louis Blues in 1973-74. Later in that year, on February 21 1973 he was suspended by the Western Hockey League for punching referee Malcolm Ashford. He was suspended for the rest of the 73-74 season as well as the entire 74-75 season. In addition he had to pay $10,000 in damages to Mr. Ashford.

All other pro leagues honored the WHL suspension, however the WHA Chicago Cougars tried to get around the banishment. They actually signed and played Forey while he was still under suspension. They suited him up in a uniform that didn't have his name sewn on the back of his jersey and he played part of one game. When people found out who the nameless player was, the Cougars immediately were placed under public criticism, and the WHA acted quickly to ban him from their league as well. The WHA refused to acknowledge that Forey ever played in the league by deleting any statistics he achieved during his one game.

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