Oshawa Generals forward under police investigation; suspended “indefinitely” by league


Published February 8, 2024 at 6:00 am

Oshawa Generals forward Connor Lockhart, seen in his final game with the club Jan. 28, is under police investigation and has been suspended "indefinitely" by the league. Photo Goodall Media

Oshawa Generals overage winger Connor Lockhart, who was acquired from the Peterborough Petes November 4, is under investigation by Durham Police and has been suspended “indefinitely” by the club and the league “until the matter is resolved.”

It is unclear how long Lockhart has been under investigation but he has been a healthy scratch by the Generals for the past four games. A statement from the Ontario Hockey League said the league and the hockey club became aware of the police investigation February 6 and immediately suspended the player.

Lockhart, who has 39 points in 30 games since the trade and 46 points on the season, has been suspended because of a “Code of Conduct matter.”

“Given that the matter is now under police investigation,” the statement from the league read, “the team and league will have no further comment at this time.”

The Ottawa native was a sixth-round pick (78th overall) by the Vancouver Canucks in the 2021 draft but is currently a free agent after the Canucks failed to sign him to an entry-level contract. He was selected third overall in the 2019 OHL draft by Erie and has 82 goals and 200 points in his OHL career.

He played for Peterborough in last year’s Memorial Cup.

Oshawa gave up a 2027 third-round selection and a 2026 fifth-round pick to acquire Lockhart.

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