In the first game of the Baie-Comeau Drakkar-Victoriaville Tigres playoff series, Drakkar left wing Raphaël Bussières and Tigres centre Carl-Antoine Delisle fought in the second period. In Game 3 on Tuesday, Bussières, whose unique blend of sandpaper and skill is a major reason why the Drakkar are up 3-0 over the heavily favoured team, caught Delisle with a very late and very borderline check.
There was no minor penalty called, just like with the Tyler Randell play in the Ontario Hockey League last week. However, as was the case with Randell, the QMJHL has put Bussières under suspension.The Quebec league typically hasn't been as severe with suspensions as the OHL. If this had happened one league to the west, one be wondering how thick a book the league would throw at Bussières. .
Was it a late hit on Delisle? Definitely. Did Bussières launch himself into the Tigres player? Looks like it. Was the Delisle's head turned after making a pass? Looks like it. Did Bussières lead with the elbow? Tough to tell, but if you freeze the video at the 52-second mark, his right elbow appears to contact Delisle's head.
In the old days, this would have been chalked up as hard-nosed playoff hockey. And playoff-style officiating should be more hands-off. To the disregard of player safety, though?Read More »from Baie-Comeau Drakkar’s Raphaël Bussières suspended for late hit in QMJHL game (VIDEO)