Islanders D Joseph suspended three games

PO Joseph

The Quebec Major Junior Hockey League announce today that Charlottetown Islanders defenceman Pierre-Olivier Joseph has been suspended for three games for his actions on Sunday against the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles.

Joseph delivered a two-handed slash to the wrists of Screaming Eagle forward Declan Smith with just thirty seconds left in the game, and the Islanders down by two goals. He was attempting to prevent Smith from scoring his third goal of the game on a Charlottetown empty net.

Here is the official league rationale behind the decision:

  • The opponent was skating towards the opposing zone to recover the puck.
  • When he recovered it, the player at fault approached him and slashed him.
  • The score was 4-2, Charlottetown had removed their goalie and there was only 30 seconds remaining in the game.
  • It was a two handed slash with a big swing and force on the opponent’s forearm and hands.
  • This is the first offense of the player at fault.
  • The opponent was not injured on the play.

Joseph will be eligible to return to the lineup on Sunday, December 3rd against the Shawinigan Cataractes. In the meantime, Charlottetown will go into battle without their captain against the three best teams in the league: The Acadie-Bathurst Titan, the Blainville-Boisbriand Armada, and the Quebec Remparts.