Screaming Eagles’ Brunelle suspended four games


The Director of Player Safety for the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, Raymond Bolduc, announced Sunday that Cape Breton Screaming Eagles forward Francis Brunelle has been suspended four games.

The incident occurred on Friday against the Moncton Wildcats at Centre 200. Brunelle was given a checking from behind penalty for his hit on Wildcats forward Conor Garland at 12:15 of the third period.

Here are the reasons for the suspension, via the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League:

– After receiving a long pass on the right side of the zone entrance, a Moncton player passed the puck to the player involved on the left at the face-off dot.

– The player involved faked a shot at the net. At the same time the player at fault was back checking and headed towards him.

– When the player at fault was at the red goal line, he cross checked his opponent in the back and propelled him into the boards.

– His opponent was in a vulnerable position and could not protect himself.

– The player at fault pushed him with force in the lower back a few feet from the boards.

– The fall into the boards was violent.

– The Moncton player was not injured on the play.

– This in not the first offense of the player at fault.

The decision was made following the Director of Player Safety having reviewed the video of the incident, considered the officials report, spoken to the players and organizations involved and after consulting the Advisory Committee for disciplinary action.

With files from the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League –