At­tacked ref­eree, teen sus­pended for sea­son

Waterloo Region Record - - SPORTS - The Cana­dian Press

RIVIÈRE-DU-LOUP, QUE. — A teenage hockey player from Que­bec has been sus­pended for the rest of the sea­son af­ter us­ing his stick to at­tack a ref­eree in the neck area.

The in­ci­dent oc­curred Nov. 23 in Rivière-du-Loup, north­east of Que­bec City.

A dis­ci­plinary com­mit­tee met with the teenager this week and handed down the sus­pen­sion im­me­di­ately.

“For us it’s ob­vi­ously a se­vere sanc­tion but there have been prece­dents,” Eric Trot­tier, di­rec­tor of op­er­a­tions at Hockey Québec-Chaudière-Ap­palaches, said in an in­ter­view.

“The im­por­tant thing is we don’t have an in­ci­dent in the fu­ture that is more se­ri­ous and that leads to se­ri­ous in­jury.

“Hockey is a game and, al­though it’s an iso­lated in­ci­dent, we want the sen­tence to be ex­em­plary enough to serve as a de­ter­rent to other young play­ers,” he added.

The boy at­tacked the ref­eree af­ter the of­fi­cial had given him a 10-minute penalty.

He later vis­ited the ref­eree in hos­pi­tal to apol­o­gize.

The teen had not played since be­cause he was serv­ing a sus­pen­sion of sev­eral games.

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