I’m not going to pretend I know why the QMJHL and commissioner Gilles Courteau took two points away from the Sea Dogs in the Maxime Villemaire saga.
I don’t know exactly what happened, how it was reported to the league or how Gatineau found out. What I do know is the league didn’t handle the situation well, unless you’re the Shawinigan Cataractes then it seems fair.
With this in mind, here are some other penalties which could be levied against teams in the QMJHL.
Let’s call this addition to the rule book the Maritime Chapter:
Halifax Mooseheads: This team should have to forfeit one point from every win when Nathan MacKinnon scores to the Baie-Comeau Drakkar.
Acadie-Bathurst Titan: Should be fined for ridiculous comments. This can also be referred to as penalty for Leo-Guy Morissette opening his mouth. When you’re running your own franchise into the ground and alienating an entire region of a province, you shouldn’t be lobbing insults at successful teams. The penalty for this should be one season under a different owner.
(In all seriousness, I was among the many people happy to hear the team would be staying in Bathurst for the foreseeable future.)
Moncton Wildcats: The Hub City squad will have to sit out one of its starting defenceman for every game Brandon Gormley misses or donate one-point from every win it amasses while Gormley is on the shelf to the Shawinigan Cataractes. This can also be called the ‘Helping Shawinigan Rule.’
Well there you have it, a starting point for the league’s new rules. They’re not fair, but that’s not the intention.