CALGARY — Good luck finding a Calgary Flames player who feels the sentence handed downto Patrice Cormier Monday was too strong.
Landing an elbow on Quebec Remparts defenceman Mikael Tam earned the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies forward an early end to his season when the QMJHL announced a suspension for the rest of the regular season and the playoffs for Cormier.
”That was a vicious hit. He deserves every game he gets,” said Flames winger Eric Nystrom.
“They are trying to get rid of that in the game, so you need strict penalties for it.
“That’s the right call.”
The ruling from chief disciplinarian Raymond Bolduc comes just four days after the OHL suspended Windsor Spitfires forward Zack Kassian 20 games for his charge on Barrie Colts player Matt Kennedy.
“It’s a dirty hit. I think it’s worse than the one in the OHL,” Flames winger Curtis Glencross said of Cormier’s elbow, which left Tam convulsing on the ice before being sent to hospital with broken teeth and brain trauma.
“The puck’s not really right there. It’s not even going for a shoulder. He’s missing the guy by how far, and sticks his elbow out? There’s no need for that in the game.”