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Does hockey need to get tough on players who deliver shots to the head?
Mon, January 18, 2010

Mikael Tam of the Quebec Remparts was listed in stable condition in hospital after taking an elbow to the head from Rouyn-Noranda centre Patrice Cormier, who captained Canada at the recent world junior hockey championship.

This is just the latest in a series of vicious head shots at the NHL and junior levels this season.

There was speculation that the QMJHL, which has come down hard on cases of violence this season, will suspend Cormier for the rest of the season and perhaps for the playoffs.

Cormier ejected for elbow



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This guy is a GOON period
Robert Joly, 2010-01-18 23:35:44

It was DIRTY chicken$%^# hit.Cormier should be suspended.If he actually makes it to the show he will learn quick.Just try that if Pronger , Phaneuf , Boogaard or others are on the ice.He needs to grow up and more importantly be made accountable for this.
arthur, 2010-01-18 22:43:36

It is human garbage like this (Cormier and the unnecessary violence so common in hockey now) that has stopped me from taking my kids to hockey games this last 2 years. I don't want them thinking that these kind of actions are acceptable and normal, as suggested by the popularity of the sport and players, and the lack of permanent consequences lately. If anyone did this outside of the hockey rink to someone they would be fully prosecuted and sued. Why is this any different, because it certainly isn't in the rule book that intentional ASSAULT BY ELBOW TO THE HEAD CAUSING BRAIN DAMAGE is acceptable body checking. NOT getting rid of the garbage IS resulting in a loss of revenue already through ticket sales, from thousands of good families who don't support it. I suggest Cormier loses his career option altogether in hockey, and gets charged with Assault - he should be sued for personal injury by the hockey player hit on top of that. Make an example for other kids to see before someone is killed...Cormier seems to have a pattern for this, and is a good place to start and show young people that blatant assault is a crime, not part of the game in hockey. The league had better remove Cormier permanently or they will be legally liable for future damages which they could have and should have prevented. As it is, Cormier has a history of this, Tam should sue the league and Cormier joint for assault / failure to knowingly prevent an assault which was known to or ought to be known to happen in the future.
Jeff S., 2010-01-18 22:41:41

There is no excuse for what Cormier did. Ban him!
Jon, 2010-01-18 21:49:55

Suspend the jackass for the balance of the season including playoffs. It looks like the moron was out to deliberately cause bodily harm to Tam, and that's a criminal offence. Unless hockey cleans up its act and quickly, one of these days soon a player is going to be killed. Any blow to the head should result in a match penalty and a lengthy suspension and, as one commentator has proposed, a hefty fine to the team as well. I agree; the message just is not getting through some very thick skulls.
Butch F., 2010-01-18 21:39:52

Cormier is an embarrassment to Canadian hockey, his actions were terrible during the World Juniors and he should be banned indefinitely.
Hockey fan, 2010-01-18 21:09:19

this complete and utter waste of human tissue should never be allowed to play organized sports again..what an absolute disgrace to any hockey league
dave, 2010-01-18 21:08:49

Does someone have to die before its banned ?
Derek, 2010-01-18 20:56:59

After watching the hit I beleive Cormier is missing a screw. Yes he did play for us (Canada) and look what he did there and now this. He is now considered an adult....throw the book at him. There is no place in hockey for a player like that PERIOD. How about Roy and his comments after the game .....what a two face after what he and his son did a few years ago.. Both Cormier and Roy....SICKENING.


gordie, 2010-01-18 20:03:05

cormier you probably won't read this , but as a fellow N B er you make me sick . what a cheap shot and I hope you are kicked out of Junior hockey for the rest of your life. You would probably never do that to Mike Thomas cause you know he would beat the crap out of you ! You should have been kicked out of the world junior and Canada would have been better off without you, if you ever make the NHL and I hope you don't you will get your just dues.
frank shannon, 2010-01-18 19:38:18

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