The Director of Player Safety of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, Raymond Bolduc, today suspended Vince Dunn of the Gatineau Olympiques for 5 games. The suspension was handed out following an incident that occurred on December 28 against the Blainville-Boisbriand Armada.
Here is the rationale that led to the decision:
The Armada player was battling an opponent for the puck along the boards at the face-off level in his zone.
He was stooped over, his head at the height of the boards.
The player at fault was near the goal.
He took three to four strides, glided for several feet and hit his opponent who was in a vulnerable position and wasn’t able to see him.
He headed towards his opponent at an angle and hit his upper body and head sumultaneously and with force.
The player at fault made no effort to minimize the contact or play the puck.
His opponent was injured.
This was not the first offense of the player at fault.
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.
(Nathan can be reached at email@example.com)
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