The province of Quebec is a significant outpost in the hockey world. And as the Blues played the Canadiens in downtown Montreal on Wednesday, the hockey world remained abuzz with an incident involving Rouyn-Noranda Huskies center Patrice Cormier.
Captain of Team Canada in the recent IIHF world junior championships, Cormier came off the bench during overtime of a Quebec Major Junior Hockey League game between the Huskies and the Quebec Ramparts on Sunday, skated to center ice and caught Quebec defenseman Mikael Tam with an elbow to the head. Tam crumpled to the ice, unconscious and convulsing.
Tam was released from the hospital late Monday and returned to his home in Quebec City. It remains uncertain when or whether he will resume playing. The team plans to hold a news conference with the 18-year-old Tam on Friday.
Cormier was penalized and ejected from the game, although he argued with the on-ice officials before leaving. The 19-year-old was drafted by the New Jersey Devils in the second round — the 54th player taken overall — in 2008. He still is awaiting word from the QMJHL on the disciplinary ramifications of his actions. Speculation is he might be suspended for the remainder of the season, as well as playoffs.
After the game, Quebec coach and former NHL star Patrick Roy reportedly filed a complaint with Quebec provincial police. A police investigation into the incident is said to be continuing. Over the past two years, at least two QMJHL players have been taken to court as a result of their actions in a game. Video of the heinous hit by Cormier is all over the internet and all over the Canadian press.
Wow. What a piece of trash.