Drakkar’s Boutet handed five-game suspension
The Director of Player Safety of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, Raymond Bolduc, suspended Jasmin Boutet of the Baie-Comeau Drakkar for five games.
The suspension was handed out following an incident that occurred on March 1st, against the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles.
Here is the rationale that led to the decision:
- He tried to pass the puck towards the crease
- The pass was intercepted by a Cape Breton player who headed behind the net and towards the right of the goaltender.
- The player at fault was moving, in a forecheck position at the top of the crease.
- He continued his race towards the opposing player and hit him.
- The Cape Breton player had his head down.
- The player at fault headed towards his opponent who was in a vulnerable position and gave him a check.
- He hit him on the head with his shoulder
- He made no effort to minimize the contact. He was propelled upon impact and hit the opponent with force.
- His skates left the ice surface on the impact.
- His opponent was not injured
- This was the first offense of the player at fault.
The Director of Player Safety made 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.
Source: Quebec Major Junior Hockey League – www.theqmjhl.ca