Boucherville, Monday March 14, 2016 – The Director of Player Safety of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, Raymond Bolduc, suspended Dawson Theede of the Acadie-Bathurst Titan for 3 games. The suspension was handed out following an incident that occurred on March 12 against the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles.
Here is the rationale that led to the decision:
The puck was dumped near Cape Breton’s goaltender in the end zone.
The opponent recovered it and shot on the boards on the right side.
The player at fault went to fore-check his opponent.
He took several strides, glided and finished his check on the opponent.
Even if the player at fault glided from the height of the face off dot, he had a lot of speed at the moment of impact.
He propelled himself and his skates were not touching the ice surface at impact.
His hit triggered a violent contact of the opponent’s head on the glass.
The opponent was injured on the play.
This is the first offence of 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.