Boucherville, Thursday November 16, 2017 – The Director of Player Safety of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, Raymond Bolduc, suspended David Henley of the Val-d’Or Foreurs for 6 games. The suspension was handed out following an incident that occurred on November 11th against the Drummondville Voltigeurs.
Here is the rationale that led to the decision:
- The puck was sent in the corner to the right of Val-d’Or’s goaltender.
- The opponent went to retrieve it.
- At the same time, the player at fault, who was at the height of the blue line, accelerated and hit the opponent.
- The opponent read the play and saw the player at fault coming before recovering the puck.
- The player at fault took several strides and glided from the bottom of the face-off circle.
- He had a lot of speed and his stick was very high.
- He propelled himself and the contact was simultaneously to the opponent’s body and head.
- The player at fault made no effort to minimize contact.
- It was a dangerous move that could have had serious consequences for the opponent.
- 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.