The Disciplinary Prefect of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, Raymond Bolduc, suspended today Saint John Sea Dogs defenseman Ian Saab for 7 additional games to the automatic suspension. The suspension was handed out for high sticking incident which occurred during the March 11th game against the Shawinigan Cataractes.
Here is the rational that led to the decision:
After the play was stopped, there was a gathering near the net of the opposing team. Players from both teams returned to their respective benches.
The player at fault left from his blue line and headed towards his opponent.
The opponent raised his arms up to the plexus of the offending player.
The offending player then forcefully hit his opponent in the face with his stick and glove and hit him on the head a second time with his glove.
It was not his first offense.
The opponent was injured.
The decision was rendered after reviewing the video of the incident, gathering the testimonies from the players and the organizations involved, reading the officials’ report and consulting the independent committee in the matter of disciplinary sanctions.
The video will be available shortly.
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