The Director of Player Safety of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, Raymond Bolduc, suspended Trevor Stacey of the Sherbrooke Phoenix for 7 games. The suspension was handed out following an incident that occurred on March 14 against the Baie-Comeau Drakkar.
Here is the rational that led to the decision:
- A Baie-Comeau player entered Sherbrooke’s zone, on the left side, at the height of the faceoff circle
- He put the puck behind his teammate who headed towards the crease and took a shot on net.
- The player at fault was back checking in the center of the ice. He glided toward the crease. He turned towards his opponent and hit him.
- After finishing his throwing motion, the opponent was leaning over and could not see the player at fault or protect himself. He was in a very vulnerable position.
- The player at fault did not have much speed and could clearly see that his opponent was in a vulnerable position.
- He could have avoided contact.
- Instead, he forcefully hit him in a blind spot propelling himself on contact.
- He hit his opponent’s body and head simultaneously.
- It was a useless and dangerous move.
- There was no injury to the Baie-Comeau player.
- 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.