Saturday, March 26, 2011


What a way to start the playoffs – only seven players got suspended!

The Quebec Major Junior Hockey League Disciplinary Prefect, Raymond Bolduc, today suspended seven players following incidents which occurred during last night’s playoff games. It was the first game of the post-season for all but two teams.

Of those seven players suspended, Saint John Sea Dogs forward Danick Gauthier was one of them. Gauthier receieved a one-game suspension for what the league is calling a “dangerous bodycheck.”

There was plenty of hitting and physical play in last night’s 10-0 Saint John win over the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles at Harbour Station. Among that physical play were a few cheap hits along the boards and some junk after the whistles.

The Eagles are expected to play physical in this series and they did just that last night. Unfortunately for them, many of those plays resulted in penalties.

Game Two of the best-of-seven series goes tonight at 7:00 pm at the Station.

The list of the other seven players suspended can be found here.

The decisions were rendered after reviewing the videotapes of the incidents, gathering the testimonies from the players and the organizations involved, reading the officials’ reports and consulting the independent committee in the matter of disciplinary sanctions.

The Disciplinary Prefect will not be available for further comment.

Photo Credit: Marc Henwood/Station Nation

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