Boucherville, Tuesday September 19, 2017 – The Director of Player Safety of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, Raymond Bolduc, suspended Pascal Aquin of the Charlottetown Islanders for 8 games. The suspension was handed out following an incident that occurred on September 16th against the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles.
Here is the rationale that led to the decision:
- After the face-off to the right of Charlottetown’s goaltender, a defensemen directed the puck along the boards towards the blue line.
- A Cape Breton defensemen stopped it and made a pass to his teammate, who was in the center of the ice inside the blue line.
- By the time the opponent positioned himself to take a shot, the player at fault went towards him and hit him.
- The opponent was in a vulnerable position and did not see the player at fault coming (blindside).
- The player at fault hit the opponent’s shoulder and head simultaneously.
- The extension of his arm to the head shows the force of the contact.
- 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.