Bertrand suspended 4 games

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Boucherville, Friday January 5, 2018 – The Director of Player Safety of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, Raymond Bolduc, suspended Yannick Bertrand of the Rimouski Océanic for 4 games. The suspension was handed out following an incident that occurred on January 3rd against the Saint John Sea Dogs.

Here is the rationale that led to the decision:

  • The opponent received a pass from a teammate as he was entering the zone to the left and then attempted a pass to a teammate.
  • The player at fault was in the slot in the middle of the ice.
  • He went towards the opponent and hit him.
  • The player at fault arrived from a blindside to hit the opponent.
  • He also completed his hit outside the allowed time after a player no longer has the puck.
  • The player at fault did not have much speed.
  • The main point of contact is the opponent’s body, but the top of his shoulder reached the head.
  • The opponent was in a vulnerable position and could not protect himself.
  • The hit was dangerous.
  • This is 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.

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