Boucherville, Monday November 27, 2017 – The Director of Player Safety of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, Raymond Bolduc, suspended Pierre-Olivier Joseph of the Charlottetown Islanders for 3 games. The suspension was handed out following an incident that occurred on November 26th against the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles.
Here is the rationale that led to the decision:
- The opponent was skating towards the opposing zone to recover the puck.
- When he recovered it, the player at fault approached him and slashed him.
- The score was 4-2, Charlottetown had removed their goalie and there was only 30 seconds remaining in the game.
- It was a two handed slash with a big swing and force on the opponent’s forearm and hands.
- This is 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.