Dangerous and Unacceptable
Those were the words of Chief disciplinarian Raymond Bolduc after handing out the ruling on Patrice Cormier's hit. The forward, who elbowed Mikael Tam of the Quebec Remparts in the head, received a suspension for the remainder of the QMJHL regular season, as well as the playoffs. The elbow sent Tam into convulsions, followed by a visit to the hospital in which he was treated for brain trauma and broken teeth.
The hit took place on January 17th during the overtime period. Patric Cormier was filmed leaving the bench and skating through center to throw the hit. As Tam followed through with a dump in from center ice, Cormier extended his elbow and connected to the head of Tam.
Tam is now reconsidering his future in hockey, but has yet to make a firm decision.
It is expected that the New Jersey Devils, who drafted Patrice Cormier 54th overall in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft, will sign the forward to a pro-level contract and demote him to their AHL affiliate. It is believed that any suspension handed out in the CHL does not need to be accomodated by the AHL. This will allow the development of Cormier to continue without potentially sacrificing his North American career.
Micheal A. Aldred