Eagles’ Batherson given four game suspension


Drake Batherson of the Cape-Breton Screaming Eagles has been given a four game suspension by the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League.

Raymond Bolduc, the league’s director of player safety, announced the news on Monday Jan. 30.

The incident occurred against the Québec Remparts on Jan. 28, 2017.

Here are the reasons for the suspension given by the QMJHL:

  • The play was in the neutral zone and the puck was near the boards.
  • The opponent made a half turn towards his zone watching the puck move between his 2 defensemen.
  • At the same time, the player at fault turned in the opposite direction towards the opponent.
  • When he got near him, he hit him with his arm and shoulder.
  • We can see that the player at fault looks towards the opponent.
  • He was not in possession of the puck and his eyes were looking in the direction of his defensemen.
  • He did not have to be hit.
  • The player at fault raised his arm to make contact with the opponent’s head.
  • It was a free and dangerous move.
  • The opponent was not injured on the play.
  • This is the first offense of the player at fault.

The decision was taken after viewing video of the incident, considering the officials report, speaking with the organisations involved and consulting the league’s advisory committee for disciplinary action.