Opinion: Morin’s stick-throwing incident will result in suspension



“We are judged rather by our faults, than our triumphs” – Anonymous

To start off, let me go on record in saying that Samuel Morin is a good kid. I have personally met him on two occasions and is a first-class human being; the type of guy you want in your corner and has a bright NHL career ahead of him. However, he is not quite ready for the pros just yet and an incident that transpired on Wednesday night in Rimouski will likely keep him in the QMJHL for at least the rest of the season.

The buzzer had just sounded, signalling the end of the game at the Colisée de Rimouski. The Armada had just beaten the Oceanic by a 5-2 score. Morin’s Océanic had just lost a big game against one of the league’s top teams and with it, were bumped down to third place in the Telus East Division. The six-foot-seven, 210-pound defenceman didn’t have a banner night as he finished the game with a minus-two rating and was held off the score sheet. Moments ago, the Armada’s Emil Aronsson had iced the game with an empty net goal.

Before we continue with our story, we must note that Morin is a hard competitor, as you would expect from any Philadelphia Flyers prospect. We must also note that when he was 16-years-old, he was six-foot-six and 158 pounds. Now 18, he has grown an inch and filled out, but he still has to pack on some pounds and the main knock against him is that he doesn’t know how to use his size to his advantage yet. Essentially; he doesn’t know his own strength.

His competitiveness is apparent to anyone who has seen him play on numerous occasions and especially to those who have seen him lose. The St-Henri, Que. native has a nasty habit of smashing his stick on the ice or against the glass after a lose, which brings us back to the present.

Having just lost, Morin smashed his stick on the glass with disastrous results, we’re talking Mats Sundin was butterflies and rainbows compared to this. You know that feeling you get when you do something you think is funny or smart but then immediately regret it? Yeah, that’s what he felt at that moment. Instead of his stick hitting the glass it went up, up, and away, straight into the stands. A video of the incident can be seen here.

Witnesses say the stick hit the top of the glass and broke into two pieces, half of it falling back onto the ice while the other half went flying into the stands. The half that flew into the stands, struck a gentleman in a wheelchair trying to leave the stands.

The league has said it will suspend Morin, however it is not known how long he will sit out. It has also been confirmed that the defencemen will apologize to the fans on Friday through the team. He was assessed a two-minute penalty and a game-misconduct for his actions.

It’s unfortunate that this happened, but you can bet Morin will not be smashing any more sticks any time soon.

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