Boucherville, Monday March 13th, 2017 – The Director of Player Safety of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, Raymond Bolduc, suspended Samuel Hunter of the Rimouski Océanic for a total of 12 games. The suspension was handed out following an incident that occurred on March 7th against the Blainville-Boisbriand Armada.
Here is the rationale that led to the decision:
A defensemen for the Armada skated to his blue line and made a pass to his teammate.
He was at the height of the red line in the center of the ice, in the direction of the opposing zone.
The pass was imprecise and in his skates.
The player at fault went towards him and hit him in the head.
The opponent had speed when he received the puck in the skates.
He tried to retrieve it by looking at his feet and was in a vulnerable position.
The player at fault left his position and accelerated towards the opponent.
From the start, he was in the opponent’s blindside and hit him directly at the head.
The player at fault had speed and made no effort to minimize contact.
The player at fault hit him with his arm and elbow.
His arm was close to his body.
This is 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.