Monday, January 18, 2010


The following video may disturb some viewers. Viewer discretion is advised

Team Canada's world junior captain Patrice Cormier was ejected from a QMJHL game in overtime when he delivered a head shot to Quebec Remparts defenceman Mikael Tam.

Cormier, a forward for the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies, came off the bench for a line change and cut through the faceoff circle at centre ice, laying what appeared to be an elbow on Tam in open ice.

Following the hit, Tam was convulsing on the ice before being taken off on a stretcher. Tam suffered trauma to the skull and brain and lost many teeth. He is now in stable condition in hospital and will remain under observation for at least two days.

Cormier, a native of Cap-Pele, New Brunswick, was traded to the Huskies on January 7th. The 19-year-old was playing in just his third game with the team.

Following the game, Remparts head coach Patrick Roy filed a complaint with the Quebec Provincial Police. They collected several testimonies, and it appears that Cormier will face discipline from the QMJHL.

On Monday, TSN's Hockey Insider Bob McKenzie said "This Cormier elbow is sickening on so many levels. I have never been so discouraged about the game of hockey as now."

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