October 26, 2012
Hockey coach suspended 10 years for punching playerThrew vicious right hook at 16-year-old during hockey melee
By BRIAN DALY, QMI Agency
A coach who punched a 16-year-old hockey player during a melee last week was suspended for 10 years on Friday.
A regional hockey association discipline committee handed down the punishment against Andre Harvey, former coach of the Jonquiere Pumas.
Assistant coach Vincent Gravel was suspended four games.
According to the referee's report, violence broke out with about 10 seconds left in the game between the Pumas and the Chicoutimi Cougars on Saturday.
Video shows a player from the Chicoutimi Cougars trying to jump over the Pumas' bench.
The assistant coach tried to grab the player in question, before holding onto the teen's stick.
That's when the video appears to show the head coach come over and punch the player in the head. Harvey has admitted what he did and apologized, but Hockey Quebec director Sylvain Lalonde said the punishment is warranted.
"The discipline committee's decision is appropriate and established a precedent," he said in a statement.
The discipline committee will also interview players about an alleged attack on a referee.
A Pumas player fell after a linesman allegedly pushed him. Other Pumas then allegedly tackled the official. One of them is accused of grabbing the lineman's head and slamming it into the ice.