Boucherville, Monday April 18th, 2016 – The Director of Player Safety of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, Raymond Bolduc, suspended Phélix Martineau of the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles for 4 games. The suspension was handed out following an incident that occurred on April 15th against the Saint John Sea Dogs.
Here is the rationale that led to the decision:
- A Cape Breton player dumped the puck around the net in the offensive zone.
- The opponent pivoted and headed towards the puck to recover it.
- When he finally got control of it, he was at the height of the bottom of the faceoff circle about ten feet from the boards.
- The player at fault was fore-checking from the blue line in the middle of the ice.
- He accelerated, glided and pushed the opponent into the boards.
- The opponent braked just before contact.
- The player at fault had speed even though he glided before impact.
- After a contact on the opponent’s stick, he gave him a strong push.
- The opponent was in a vulnerable position a few feet from the boards and fell violently against them.
- The player at fault made no effort to avoid or minimize contact.
- This is not the first offense of the player at fault.
- The opponent was not injured on the play.
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.