Days after the OHL handed Windsor Spitfires forward Zack Kassian an indefinite suspension for a vicious hit, there is sure to be a similar punishment on the way for Patrice Cormier of the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies.
Kassian got into trouble in his first game with Windsor; for Cormier, it took just three games following a blockbuster four-player, four-pick trade that sent him from Rimouski to his new club.
Here’s what happened midway through the overtime period of a 3-3 tie between the Huskies and the Quebec Remparts:
Patrice Cormier comes off the bench and spots Remparts defenseman Mikael Tam skating up the ice with the puck. As soon as Tam dumps the puck into the Rouyn-Noranda zone, Cormier levels him with an elbow right to the face.
As you see in the video, Tam lay convulsing on the ice after the hit, though initial (translated) reports say he was in stable condition in hospital with a concussion, a few missing teeth and a possible broken jaw.
What is it with these guys? Are they trying to impress their new coaches?
This isn’t the first time we’ve seen Cormier, Team Canada’s captain at this winter’s World Juniors, play this style of hockey; you might recall this from Canada’s pre-tournament exhibition game against Sweden:
I expect we’ll see the QMJHL come down hard on Cormier for this hit.
Again, if Mike Liambas got a season-long suspension for his hit on Ben Fanelli last October, the penalty for Cormier should be right up there (as should Kassian’s).
The QMJHL has suspended Cormier indefinitely, with the length of the suspension to be decided once the disciplinary process has been completed.