After a meeting Wednesday, the PEI Rocket have reinstated suspended defenseman Jordon Southorn in time for Thursday's game versus Moncton. The Pincourt, QC native was -1 with 4 PIMs in the 3-2 shootout loss to the Wildcats, and was pretty gassed by the end as it looked like he was on the ice for about half of the game. His second period penalty resulted in the second Moncton goal on the PP. The Guardian offered up this regarding the reinstatement.
Southorn - "I'm embarrassed and ashamed" After being reinstated Southorn practised with the club Wednesday and returns to the lineup tonight versus the Moncton Wildcats (7 p.m.) in Moncton. “Obviously, I was going in the wrong direction. I’m embarrassed and ashamed I would do something like that. (We made it clear) this will not affect our relationship, personal or business,” Southorn told The Guardian after the Rocket practice on Wednesday. “My agent wasn’t happy at all. Me and my dad had a blowup. My parents wanted me to know what this means.” Before practice Southorn apologized to his teammates in a team meeting and accepted the assitant captain’s ‘A’ being stripped off his jersey. It won’t be given to anyone else. “It wasn’t easy looking at them. I think that by doing that it shows I care,” he said. “Them being there shows they care also. We’re a family here.”Southorn seems sincere in his return, and understanding of the "A" being removed. This situation already seems different from a two seasons back when Marc-Andre Gragnani suffered similar consequences after disagreeing with Rocket management.