The news is in – Jonathan Huberdeau has been suspended for a total of four games by the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League following his actions in the third period of yesterday’s 4-2 loss to the Halifax Mooseheads.
Here is the release from the league:
The Director of Player Safety of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, Raymond Bolduc, today announced that Saint John Sea Dogs forward, Jonathan Huberdeau is suspended for a total of 4 games. The suspension is described as follows:
- 1 automatic game for having been the instigator of a fight during the 5 last minutes of regulation time when the difference in score was 2 goals or more.
- 3 automatic games, following the application of rule 41, abuse towards an official (category 3). The rule specifies that a player cannot use physical force towards an official, solely for the purpose to break free during or immediately following an altercation.
The usual practice of the League is to suspend the player for his 4 next team games, regardless of injury or participation in games played outside the QMJHL such as in the National Hockey League or through international competition.
The Director of Player Safety took this decision after having viewed the video of the incident, considered the officials report, spoken to the Sea Dogs organization and consulted with his senior advisor, Sébastien Bordeleau.
So, by the sounds of this release, Huberdeau will be suspended for the next four Sea Dogs games even though he’ll be with the world junior squad over that time.
Huberdeau was involved in an altercation with a linesman and then got into a fight with MacKenzie Weegar. Video and reaction to yesterday’s incident can be found here.