QMJHL upholds Cormier’s suspension

 

The Quebec Major Junior Hockey League decided Friday to uphold the season-long suspension of Rouyn-Noranda Huskies forward Patrice Cormier for elbowing Quebec Remparts defenceman Mikael Tam.<br>

 
 
 
 
 

QUEBEC — The Quebec Major Junior Hockey League decided Friday to uphold the season-long suspension of Rouyn-Noranda Huskies forward Patrice Cormier for elbowing Quebec Remparts defenceman Mikael Tam.

After the Jan. 17 hit that sent Tam in convulsions on the ice, Cormier was banned from playing until the end of the season, including the playoffs.

The Huskies called the sanction “excessive” and appealed the decision of the league’s disciplinary committee.

But QMJHL commissioner Gilles Courteau said the league found the suspension to be justified and reasonable.

“I believe that Patrice Cormier’s gesture was very violent and susceptible of inflicting severe damage to the victim,” Courteau said in a news release.

“Furthermore, the decision is consistent with the need to establish new and more severe disciplinary standards to dissuade players from taking these actions,” he added.

Tam suffered a brain injury and had a few broken teeth. He told a news conference after the incident he doesn’t remember taking the hit and hopes to be back on the ice as soon as possible.

Cormier, 19, of Cap-Pele, N.B., was selected by the New Jersey Devils in the second round of the 2008 NHL entry draft.


 
 
 
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