The Director of player safety of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, Raymond Bolduc today suspended Guillaume McSween of the Rimouski Océanic for 3 games. The suspension was handed out following an incident that occurred on October 4th against the Victoriaville Tigres.
Here is the rational that led to the decision:
- Rimouski was in a penalty kill.
- The opponent was in possession of the puck and wanted to head towards the crease.
- The player at fault tried, with his stick, to make his opponent lose the puck to no avail.
- He then stretched his leg and knee forward, cutting his path.
- His opponent tried to avoid him.
- The player at fault hit his opponent’s upper leg.
- There was little speed during the play.
- Even though the action is not premeditated, kneeing is dangerous and can cause serious injury.
- Upon this impact the Victoriaville player suffered a thigh and knee injury.
The Director of Player Safety took this decision after having viewed videos of the incident, considered the officials report, spoken to the players and organizations involved and after consulting the Advisory Committee for disciplinary action.
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