BOUCHERVILLE, Monday February 24, 2014 – The Director of Player Safety of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, Raymond Bolduc, today suspended Adam Chapman 4 games(1 automatic and 3 imposed by the League). The suspension was handed out following an incident that occurred on February 21, against the Victoriaville Tigres.
Here is the rationale that led to the decision:
The opponent was skating backwards at the center red line.
He received a pass and pivoted.
During his pivot, he lost control of the puck and it ended up at his feet.
The player at fault was in the middle of a change.
He took three strides, headed towards the opponent and hit him with his shoulder.
The opponent was in a vulnerable position and never saw the player at fault coming.
Upon impact, the shoulder of the player at fault simultaneously hit the chest and the head of the opponent.
The impact was violent.
The player at fault made no effort to minimize the impact.
The opponent suffered an injury on the play.
This is not the first offense of the player at fault.
The Director of Player Safety made this decision after having reviewed the video of the incident, considered the officials’ report, spoken to the players and organizations involved and after consulting the Disciplinary Committee.