Former captain of world junior team charged for hit in QMJHL game

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The former captain of Canada's world junior hockey team will face criminal charges in addition to a suspension for a hit to an opposing player in January.
Annie-Claude Bergeron, a spokesman for the Crown prosecutor's office in Rouyn-Noranda, says Patrice Cormier has been charged with assault causing injury.
Cormier, a forward with the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, will appear in court July 12. If convicted, he could be sentenced to 18 months in jail.
Cormier was suspended for the rest of the regular season and the playoffs on Jan. 25 for an elbow to the jaw that sent Mikael Tam of the Quebec Remparts into convulsions on the ice.
An appeal was turned down by commissioner Gilles Courteau on Feb. 19, but the Huskies then asked for an independent arbitrator. That also failed, as arbitrator Jacques Sylvestre upheld the suspension.
Tam spent a night in hospital after the hit, but eventually was able to return to the ice and then was suspended himself for two games on March 8 for a hit from behind in a game against the Gatineau Olympiques.

Organizations: Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, Rouyn-Noranda Huskies

Geographic location: Quebec, Canada, Rouyn-Noranda

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  • Brutal
    July 02, 2010 - 13:21

    I agree that the hit was bad and does not have a place in hockey. However, the suspension was harsh enough...and a possible 18 months in jail is laughable. A five minute hockey penalty in Canada may cost you 18 months, but molesting a 5 year old gets you 7. Does this make any sense???

  • Terry
    July 02, 2010 - 13:15

    That hit was disgusting!! I'm all for fighting and hitting in hockey but there is too many of those hits especially in Junior. Unfortunately for Cormier this could be a carrer ending decision. But if it wasn't Cormier then it would be someone else... time to stop this before someone gets killed....

  • Brutal
    July 01, 2010 - 20:05

    I agree that the hit was bad and does not have a place in hockey. However, the suspension was harsh enough...and a possible 18 months in jail is laughable. A five minute hockey penalty in Canada may cost you 18 months, but molesting a 5 year old gets you 7. Does this make any sense???

  • Terry
    July 01, 2010 - 19:55

    That hit was disgusting!! I'm all for fighting and hitting in hockey but there is too many of those hits especially in Junior. Unfortunately for Cormier this could be a carrer ending decision. But if it wasn't Cormier then it would be someone else... time to stop this before someone gets killed....