Cormier suspended for head hit
Devils GM defends junior hockey star
ROUYN-NORANDA - Quebec Rempart's defenceman Mikael Tam was released from hospital Monday night after taking an elbow to the head from Rouyn-Noranda Huskies centre Patrice Cormier during a game on Sunday.
Following the hit, the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL) slapped Cormier, who was playing in just his third game for the team, with an indefinite suspension. The case is currently being reviewed by league disciplinarian Raymond Bolduc.
Tam took a flight from Rouyn-Noranda on Tuesday and landed in Quebec City at around 1:30 p.m.
New Jersey Devils general manager Lou Lamoriello defended Cormier, a Devil's prospect, and said he doesn't think the player should face criminal charges. However, that possibility hasn't been ruled out by Quebec provincial police, who have contacted Remparts coach and general Patrick Roy and continue to investigate the incident. Roy has already made his deposition to police.
Meanwhile, the Huskies organization and general manager Andre Tourigny said that they were relieved to see the improvements in Tamıs condition.