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Haun incident called premeditated

Brad Jones, the IHL's vice president of hockey operations, characterized Tim Haun's actions as premeditated after assessing him a seven-game suspension for attempting to injure Port Huron's Derek Patrosso.

During the 2-0 loss to the Icehawks on Saturday, Haun took a baseball-style swing at Patrosso, setting off a melee that included a fight between Haun and goalie Larry Sterling.

"Prior to the match penalty being assessed, he had a conversation with the referee (Ryan Hutchison) and made a chopping motion," Jones said. "Based on the report from the referee, he was going to take matters into his own hands. It was a match penalty and a clear intent to injure, and this punishment was necessary.

"And I've read some (contrary) reports, so I want to make this clear: There was contact made (with Patrosso). It was not a swing and a miss. It was a baseball swing that made contact."

Justin A. Cohn, pro sports coordinator for The Journal Gazette, has been covering the Fort Wayne Komets since 1997. His reporting includes game stories from home and away, features about the players and personalities associated with the Komets, plus coverage of issues affecting hockey at all levels. A native of Bloomfield Hills, Mich., Cohn graduated from Emory University in Atlanta. He can be reached at 260-461-8429 or by email at jcohn@jg.net.

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