Mooseheads GM sounds off, says QMJHL drops ball for no suspension on hit to Drouin

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HALIFAX - The Halifax Mooseheads general manager says he’s shocked and angry over the Quebec Major Hockey League’s decision not to suspend a Quebec Remparts player over an incident that left Jonathan Drouin with a concussion.

From the Metro Centre press box, Cam Russell watched his star player get blindsided with a ferocious hit from behind by Remparts forward Adam Erne during Friday evening’s game.


Drouin crumpled to the ice and eventually left the game, bleeding from his forehead with a concussion-like symptoms.

Erne earned only a game misconduct. Drouin was since diagnosed with a mild concussion and missed Sunday’s game against the Charlottetown Islanders.


“I’m baffled,” said Russell. “Drouin goes head first into the boards, he’s cut him open. Drouin misses that game plus another game. Don’t ask me to explain it, because I can’t.


“But I can say that that it’s sending the wrong message.”


Russell had a meeting with league officials Saturday evening, but wouldn’t disclose the reasoning behind the QMJHL’s decision.


“It definitely wasn’t satisfactory, though,” said Russell.


He said he and team owner Bobby Smith will discuss the possibility of an appeal.


But that’s not all. Russell also believes that another Remparts player, Nick Sorenson should be suspended for a cross check to the throat of Mooseheads forward Darcy Ashley also during Friday’s game.


“You look at the Sorenson cross check on Ashley, it was intentional, he crosschecked him on the ice. Darcy got suspended for the same thing in the playoffs four years ago. The referee saw the play. He called the match penalty. But, for some reason that was changed to a game misconduct, no suspension.


“Don’t ask me to explain that, either.”


Drouin is still suffering from a mild concussion and his status remains day to day.

- by Andrew Rankin - Metro Halifax

Organizations: Metro Centre press

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