Hudson suspended 3 games
Boucherville, Thursday April 12, 2018 – The Director of Player Safety of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, Raymond Bolduc, suspended Jacob Hudson of the Moncton Wildcats for 3 games. The suspension was handed out following an incident that occurred on April 11th against the Blainville-Boisbriand Armada.
Here is the rationale that led to the decision:
- The puck was dumped into the right corner of the Armada zone.
- The two players involved were skating side by side with speed towards the puck.
- At the height of the goal line, the opponent is slightly ahead of the player at fault.
- The player at fault pushes the opponent at the height of the hips who almost loses his balance and brakes to avoid giving against the boards.
- Then the player at fault pushes him a second time with his stick causing the opponent to lose his balance and fall heavily against the boards.
- The player at fault didn’t have to give that second push which propelled the opponent head first against the boards.
- Considering the speed of both players the fall was violent and very dangerous.
- This kind of action against a vulnerable opponent can cause serious injury.
- This is not the first offense of the player at fault.
- The opponent was 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.